Monday, August 29, 2011
Due to a burning marsh fire near I-110 and I-510, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality declared an Action Day for the New Orleans area, including St. John Parish. The Action Day means that the air is unhealthy for sensitive groups including active children, the elderly, and people with respiratory diseases such as asthma. These groups should avoid prolonged outdoor activities and exertion.
The marsh fire, which is in an isolated area, is burning subsurface and is inaccessible by land. Direction of the wind is continuing to change, forcing the smoke from the marsh fire to change direction as well. Individuals should be cautious when going outside. “If residents become bothered by the smell, they should go indoors to minimize exposure and make sure all air conditioners are set to recirculate. If further action should be taken, notification will be sent out. Please stay tuned to local news stations and continue to check www.sjbparish.com,” stated Parish President Natalie Robottom.