Dec 4, 2023 - News

New Orleans wildfire that caused deadly super fog extinguished

Photo shows New Orleans firefighters responding to an underground fire in New Orleans East

New Orleans firefighters, seen here on Nov. 6, had to flood the underground fire in New Orleans East using water from nearby drainage canals. Photo: NOFD Chief Chris Mickal, NOFD photo unit

The marsh fire in New Orleans East that's been burning since October is out, the New Orleans Fire Department said Monday.

Why it matters: Smoke from the fire was lowering air quality and causing visibility issues on Interstate 10.

Driving the news: NOFD said the underground fire was fully extinguished as of Monday afternoon.

  • Officials credited the recent heavy rains coupled with the monthlong efforts to put out the 200-acre fire near Bayou Sauvage.

Zoom in: The fire was on private property so federal agencies declined to assist, NOFD Chief Roman Nelson said last month.

Yes, but: New Orleans' wildfire response in 2011 included an emergency declaration and federal assistance.

  • Council member Oliver Thomas wants to know why that didn't happen with this fire so it could be put out faster, according to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.
Photo shows water flooding the fire in New Orleans East
New Orleans firefighters flooded an underground marsh fire in New Orleans East that spreading smoke across the city since mid-October. Nov. 6 photo: Chief Chris Mickal, NOFD photo unit
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