COTTONPORT, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities say 1,500 inmates are being moved from a state prison because of a fire at a closed waste tire processing plant.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says the fire broke out Sunday in rural Avoyelles Parish and was 35% contained on Thursday.

Officials say the remote location and shifting winds have hindered firefighters.

Water is being pumped from ponds and heavy equipment is moving dirt to smother flames.

A Department of Corrections spokesman says staff and buses from other prisons are helping with evacuation of Raymond Laborde Correctional Center in Cottonport.