New Orleans wildfire that caused deadly super fog extinguished
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.
- Officials blamed a deadly 11-vehicle pile-up last month on super fog that originated from the fire.
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.
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