Fire burns 295 acres at Sabine Wildlife Refuge

By From staff and wire reports

The grass fire in the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge south of Hackberry is under control.

Refuge Manager Terry Delaine said the fire, which started Monday, burned about 295 acres but was essentially out on Tuesday.

Delaine said Monday's weather was good, so it probably was started by a person — perhaps by a driver flipping a cigarette out of the window on La. 27.

An American Press photographer reported late Monday night that firetrucks guided drivers through the smoke on La. 27.

The wildlife refuge covers about 124,500 acres of marsh along the highway south of Hackberry. It was established in 1937 to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl and other birds. More than 280,000 people visit it each year.