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Wildfire comes close to burning homes

3 years ago May 31, 2011 May 31, 2011 Tuesday, May 31 2011 Tuesday, May 31, 2011 4:45:27 PM EDT in News
Source: WBRZ

INDEPENDENCE - A wildfire torched acres of woods behind a neighborhood in Livingston Parish.

Firefighters worked over the weekend to put out the blaze, but some trees and shrubs continue to smolder. 

"You saw pretty quickly this wasn't any fire you were going to throw some buckets of water on and be able to control," Kate Simmons said. She and her husband were walking through the woods behind her home when they saw the flames. 

"We've been getting a tremendous amount of reports of fire departments getting an increased load of wildfires, about 35 percent increase that we've documented of the past 30 days," State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said. That's why he issued a state-wide burn ban that goes into effect Wednesday morning.

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