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Officials Say Caddo Parish Fires Have Been Contained

 
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Officials say the nine wildfires that have plagued the northern and central parts of Caddo Parish have been contained. Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says six Louisiana Air National Guard Blackhawk helicopters equipped with helibuckets patrolled the area yesterday and dropped water on hot spots within the established fire lines. LDAF crews will continue to monitor the area for the next several days. Fire District 1 Spokeswoman Debra Nelson says for a lot of the firefighters called on to battle the blazes, it was the most fire and smoke they’d seen at one time in their careers. Crews from Caddo, DeSoto and Bossier Parishes, Shreveport and Bossier City, LDAF, Homeland Security and other agencies all teamed up to bring the fires under control. It’s estimated that more than 1700 total acres burned. Here’s the breakdown from the four named fires:

Oil City Fire, 1,242.2 acres

Airport Fire, 139.96 acres

Texaco Road Fire, 115.11 acres

Ida Fire, 900.73 acres

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