UPDATE: Tiger Island Fire ‘awakens,’ leads to voluntary evacuation orders
Published 3:55 pm Monday, September 18, 2023
The Tiger Island Fire flared up Sunday afternoon causing voluntary evacuation orders for the area south of La. 110 between Singer and Merryville and for residents on the west side of La. 27 to Juanita as firefighters worked overnight to contain the flames.
The voluntary evacuation orders was lifted Monday evening.
“We still have deepening drought in the south Louisiana area and we had some very hot temperatures yesterday and the relative humidity got pretty low and we had some winds create a spot of reburn that got active,” said Alan Hill, operations section chief for the Southern Area Incident Management Blue Team. “The fire jumped and it hit some timber string and some younger generation of pine fuels and it made a run crossing La. 110 towards Singer.”
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Hill said air tankers brought in were able to stop the progression of the fire after it crossed the highway. The fire is now 84 percent contained.
“Crews stayed out late and we did get lines around that fire,” he said.
La. 110 west, between Singer and Merryville, remains closed due to heavy smoke.
Hill said crews spent Monday conducting mop-ups in the area.
“We continue to be vigilant and we continue to be diligent in our efforts to keep this fire contained,” Hill said. “We’ve talked about the drought conditions for several days and yesterday this fire just woke up. This is not over yet. The longer we go without rain the deeper this drought grows, which is a concern for fire.”