Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The smoke from the marsh fire in New Orleans East made its way to St. John Parish again Tuesday afternoon. However, winds calmed during the night and forced the smoke to become trapped near the surface of the fire in New Orleans. The smoke is expected to remain trapped through this morning; however, afternoon winds will increase and may change direction causing the smoke to again be directed to St. John the Baptist Parish.
An air alert is still in place at this time. Individuals should be cautious when going outside. Sensitive groups including active children, the elderly, and people with respiratory diseases such as asthma should avoid prolonged outdoor activities and exertion.
The City of New Orleans is seeking assistance from the State of Louisiana and is expecting helicopters to fly over the area, dumping large buckets of water in an attempt to extinguish the fire. “Until the fire and smoke are contained, residents are asked to please be aware of the air quality in the area before spending long periods of time outdoors,” stated Parish President Robottom.