Wildland Firefighting

Firefighters Make Progress on LA Marsh Fire

Firefighters have been making some progress on a stubborn marsh fire that has been smoldering since August and may have caused two deadly accidents in the New Orleans (LA) area.

One problem firefighters face was getting access to the fire, which is located in a swampy wooded area, per a report on the wildland fire from wwltv.com (http://bit.ly/yIJ95s). However, a road was recently built on the property that is allowing firefighters to get at the fire.

New Orleans Fire Department Deputy Chief Joseph Matthews told the reporters that crews used a skip pump, which supplies about 1,500 gallons per minute of water, and five-inch hose to begin firefighting operations in the bayou. This allowed firefighters to extinguish four square miles of the fire last week.

Much of the fire, however, seems to be burning underground, presenting another challenge for firefighters.