Firefighters respond to large forest blaze in Keithville amid extremely dry conditions
CADDO PARISH, La. (KSLA) - Firefighters responded to reports of a fire on the morning of Monday, Aug. 21.
The incident occurred in the woods near Ivory Lane and Barron Road in Keithville. After Caddo Fire District 6 arrived on the scene, they requested assistance from CFD 4. The fire was large enough to also require help from the Louisiana Forestry Department to assist with a bulldozer to help contain the fire.
Fire officials with Caddo Parish say there was an oil well site at the location of the fire that was being threatened, but firefighters were quickly able to contain that portion of the fire. The Old Hickory Airport landing strip was also threatened, but no buildings were in immediate danger. An additional fire in this location has reportedly jumped the fire line. Crews remain on scene.
Fire officials say they have responded to numerous fires around the parish caused by people not complying with the burn ban.
The National Weather Service declared a Red Flag Warning for Monday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. This warning is issued when temperatures are hot, humidity levels are low and dry areas are most at risk of a fire. The state of Louisiana has been under a burn ban since Aug. 7; this includes outdoor grilling.
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