Louisiana marsh fire makes Beaumont smoky

smoke over the city

Southeast Texans might have noticed smoke in the area today and could be curious where it is coming from. According to Larry Jinks, former fire chief and a volunteer firefighter at Johnson Bayou (Louisiana) Fire Department, the smoke is coming from an out-of-control marsh fire in Cameron Parish.

“We don’t know who set (the fire),” Jinks said. “It’s out in the middle of the marsh, and there is no way to get to it. The only way you can get to it is with an airplane.”

Jinks said that the fire is burning to the west and to the east.

“It’s huge,” he said. “It’s about half a mile wide — maybe a mile wide.”

Jinks said if the fire continues to spread, the police may have to close Highway 82 going in and out of Johnson Bayou, La.

“A marsh fire — saltgrass fire — is unbelievably (difficult) to put out,” he said.

Jinks said the Johnson Bayou Fire Department plans to let the fire burn because they have no way of getting to it.