Weather prediction looking up for bonfire builders

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Posted: Dec 23, 2011 1:04 PM
Updated: Dec 23, 2011 1:04 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: bonfire, weather, Christmas Eve, Mississippi River levee, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, National Weather Service, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Lutcher, WBRZ

NEW ORLEANS - The weather's looking up for people who build Christmas Eve bonfires on the Mississippi River levees between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. National Weather Service Meteorologist Tim Erickson says showers are likely to be light and late, with winds less than 10 miles an hour.

High winds or heavy rains could cancel the 7 p.m. event in St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes. Officials say more than 100 bonfire permits were issued this year.

Lutcher Fire Chief Jason Amato tells The Times-Picayune that officials will decide at 3 p.m. Saturday whether the fires can be lit.

Monica Salins, executive director of the Pontchartrain Levee District, says some of the bonfires have even been wrapped up to keep them from getting wet.

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