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Fire burns 295 acres at Sabine wildlife refuge

3 years 10 months 2 weeks ago July 09, 2013 Jul 9, 2013 Tuesday, July 09 2013 July 09, 2013 2:30 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

HACKBERRY, La.- The manager of the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge says a grass fire has burned about 295 acres.

Refuge Manager Terry Delaine (duh-LAYN) says it started Monday and was down to a few smoldering embers on Tuesday.

He says Monday's weather was good, so it probably was started by a person - perhaps by a driver flipping a cigarette out of the window on Louisiana Highway 27.

The fire was so smoky Monday night that fire trucks escorted drivers through the smoke.

The wildlife refuge covers about 124,500 acres of marsh along the highway south of Hackberry. It was established in 1937 to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl and other birds. More than 280,000 people visit it each year.

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