LDAF pilot helps nab suspected arsonists
BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Agriculture and Forestry said one of their pilots helped identify two men accused of setting fire to a wildlife refuge in February 2012.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the pilot was on aerial patrol over Slidell when he spotted smoke coming from the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge in New Orleans East.
LDAF says the pilot saw Ryan Burlett and Damien Burlett in a small boat leaving the area of the fire very quickly. The pilot took photographs of the men, and also saw them set two more fires on the marsh in the Refuge.
The pilot then turned over the information to agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services for further investigation.