Governor John Bel Edwards underscored the gravity of the situation, stating, “Louisiana is still facing unpredictable and dangerous conditions as we continue to fight wildfires across the state. This is a long-term event, and until we get a significant amount of rain, we must remain vigilant.” The impact of this year’s wildfires has been staggering, with an estimated 60,000 acres of land devoured by the relentless flames and two casualties, according to the New York Times. To address the ongoing crisis, Louisiana imposed a statewide burn ban last Thursday, prohibiting all outdoor open flames. The State Fire Marshal’s Office also issued a stern warning, urging citizens to refrain from outdoor burning activities until further notice, aligning with guidance from the NWCG, LDAP announced on their social media pages.
These images from the LA Department of Agriculture and Forestry offer a glimpse of what the firefighting crews face in numerous locations across the state. Please continue following the statewide burn ban until our drought conditions improve. @LouisianaGov #lawx pic.twitter.com/5Ig6kCuKZn— Louisiana GOHSEP (@GOHSEP) September 1, 2023
The NWCG has emphasized that “citations and arrests are happening across this state in partnership with local and state law enforcement agencies,” further highlighting the seriousness of the situation, according to ABC News. Disturbingly, the Tiger Island Fire is not an isolated incident of arson. The LDAF has linked the Lions Camp Fire and the wildfires in Rapides Parish to deliberate acts of arson as well, prompting an urgent plea to the public for assistance in identifying potential suspects. Under Louisiana state law, simple arson is characterized as intentionally damaging someone else’s property using explosives or setting fire to it without the owner’s consent. It also includes starting a fire or causing an explosion while committing another felony, even if the intent wasn’t to start a fire or cause an explosion. State authorities have called upon the community to help in identifying any suspects by contacting the LDAF 24-hour hotline at 1-855-452-5323 or the State Fire Marshal Office at 1-844-954-1221. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Officials Admit Louisiana’s Largest-Ever Wildfire Was Caused by Arson https://t.co/mYPw0dAQyp— 🇺🇸🇺🇸Josh Dunlap🇺🇲🇺🇲 ULTRA-MAGA (@JDunlap1974) September 4, 2023