Firefighters respond to large forest blaze in Keithville amid extremely dry conditions

Published: Aug. 21, 2023 at 9:19 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 21, 2023 at 1:32 PM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

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.

Just after 8:00 this morning units from Caddo Fire District 6 were dispatched to an area of woods that extends from Ivory Lane to Barron Road in Keithville this morning for a large woods fire. After CFD 6 units arrived on scene and found the fire to be very large in area they requested Caddo Fire District 4 for mutual aid to assist with a brush truck and tanker for water supply. The fire was large enough to require the help of the Louisiana Forestry Department to assist with a bulldozer to help contain the fire. Fire departments around the parish have been responding to numerous fires caused by people not complying with the state wide burn. It is imperative we comply with the ban as our resources are being stretched to the limit. #burnban #therealcaddocooker Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Caddo Parish Fire District #6 KTBS 3 News KSLA News 12 Ktal NBC 6 Biskie Duncan TV Chloe Abbott Love Shreveport-Bossier The Shreveport Times

Posted by Caddo Fire District #4 on Monday, August 21, 2023

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.