Fire at Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge 10 percent contained

Source: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Source: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Updated: May. 24, 2018 at 8:24 AM CDT
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LACOMBE, LA (WVUE) - Crews on the North Shore are still battling a fire at the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

The fire was reported Wednesday evening at the refuge located in Lacombe.

According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services spokesperson, officials believe the fire was caused by lightning, but the scene will be assessed once the fire is contained. As of Wednesday night, the fire is 10% contained.

The total number of acres burned is unknown.

Currently, the only real threat is due to the smoke.

Officials are asking drivers to try to avoid Bayou Paquet road in Lacombe.

Officials say the fire is about 10 percent contained.

Nearby residents will experience smoke in the air until expected rainfall will help keep the fire suppressed.

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