DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (BRPROUD) — A wildfire that was burning in Livingston Parish on Tuesday afternoon is contained.
According to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, multiple fire agencies were called to a wildfire near Arnold Road and Myers Road around 3 p.m.
Livingston Parish Fire District #5 Chief Joe Koczrowski said fires started around 70 acres were burning. The fire was believed to have been started by someone baling hay. Hay was stuck in the machine and caught on fire.
He said crews worked to protect half a dozen homes. The fire came within 25 feet of residential areas and structures.
Deputies said Arnold Road from Hwy 16 to Linder Road is closed as of 4:55 p.m.
The statewide burn ban that was issued by the Louisiana State Fire Marshal is still in effect.
Gov. John Bel Edwards asks that citizens follow the burn ban as multiple parts of the state are still “abnormally dry” with regions facing a drought. These dry conditions make the danger of wildfire extremely high.