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Friday, February 3, 2012

Marsh fire: one down, two to go

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 5:15 PM

The New Orleans Fire Department announced this afternoon it extinguished a chunk of the marsh fire that has smoldered in eastern New Orleans since last August. The now-extinguished 4.27 square mile plot leaves two other still-smoldering hotspots of undetermined sizes that the NOFD will continue to battle, and they're not likely to go anywhere any time soon. NOFD is "reluctant to set a timetable for extinguishment."

The fire has proved difficult to control, as it's not a "fire" fire but a smoky, below-surface burning amid a 2,000 acre plot that's plaguing the East and neighbors. Joseph Matthews, NOFD's Deputy Superintendent of Special Operations, said the NOFD performed visual inspections and temperature readings on a hotspot near Highway 90 and Michoud Boulevard, and he's "99.5 percent sure" that spot is kaput. The other hotspots are north of I-10 and will be accessed via a bridge, installed with the help of the property's owner. NOFD will perform another flyover within the next couple of weeks — NOFD Superintendent Charles Parent said in a statement that “the NOFD will continue to explore every traditional and innovative firefighting technique possible in mitigating this incident”.

Until then, let us once again contemplate the fire's theme song. The Neville Brothers' "Fiyo on the Bayou" is an obvious choice, but I'll submit this jingle — replacing "cross" with "marsh."

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