Marsh fire will burn self out

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Posted: Jan 22, 2011 2:54 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: marsh, fire, burn, Metairie

METAIRIE, La.- A marsh fire near Lake Cataouatche is inaccessible to fire trucks but does not pose any hazards and likely will burn itself out, the Jefferson Parish Fire Department reports.

The Times-Picayune reported on Saturday that although the fire poses little threat, its billows of dark smoke had drifted across the area by noon Saturday, piquing the curiosity of residents as far away as Metairie.

Fire fighters initially tried to approach near the scene of the fire but have since cleared out, a spokesman for the JPFD said.

Located near that boundary between Jefferson and St. Charles parishes, Lake Cataouatche is sandwiched between the Salvador Wildlife Management Area and the Jean Lafitte Preserve. Fire officials did not know exactly where the fire was burning.

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