Fire Grows on the Gulf at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge
June 30, 2008
The Pool 08 Fire, ignited by lightning on June 28, grew to 2,345 acres last night when a thunderstorm with strong winds moved through the area. The fire is burning in remote areas of the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge on the coast of Louisiana with poor access for firefighters. Firefighters are using a helicopter and boats to get to the fire.
Fire managers hope to get some assistance from Mother Nature this evening with high humidity. The fire is moving into light grasses and the damp air will add moisture to the grass possibly slowing or preventing the fire from moving.
The refuge, established in 1937, is the largest coastal marsh refuge on the gulf. It preserves habitat for migrating birds from the Mississippi and Central Flyways. Alligators and other animals also reside in the wetlands of the refuge.
Currently, the refuge is closed to the public use due to damage from Hurricane Rita in 2005.
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