Marsh fire burns in eastern New Orleans

Published: Jun. 15, 2018 at 3:04 PM CDT
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New Orleans firefighters are monitoring a blaze that broke out in the marsh in the eastern part of the city.

News outlets report the fire started sometime Thursday at the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Pon Dixon said it likely started as a result of lightning from a dry thunderstorm that passed through the area.

The fire is burning in the marsh off Highway 11 between Chef Menteur Highway and Interstate 10.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents flew over the marsh fire Friday morning. Photos show smoke and flames on the edge of the fire.

No injuries have been reported.