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Neighbors worried about threat of wildfires

Six parishes in northwest Louisiana are currently under a mandatory burn ban. The list of counties in east Texas continues to grow.
Six parishes in northwest Louisiana are currently under a mandatory burn ban. The list of counties in east Texas continues to grow. Not following these bans could be a costly mistake. People living in North Caddo Parish know that first hand.

Two years ago nearly 14,000 acres of land burned across north Louisiana. More than 100 firefighters from Caddo, Bossier, Bienville and Webster Parishes helped contain those wildfires.

Linda Acklen watched some of her neighbors in Oil City lose everything.

“That was devastating. It was really bad."

Linda is glad her neighbors are now following the mandatory burn ban.

Fire Captain Joshua Jester says it doesn't take much to start a fire. He says right now it's not quite as dry as it was in 2011 but it's getting close.

"Until we get some more rain it's going to stay in place until the situation changes.”

Jester says people are advised not to burn anything outside, because a small fire can quickly get out of control. Caddo Parish Fire District 7 is a small volunteer department made up of 40 people. That's one of the reasons why he doesn't want to see a repeat of 2011.

"That was a real trying year for us. We learned a lot from that year and hopefully it won't get that bad again."

It's something Linda also doesn't want to ever experience again.

"It was scary, very scary."

Here’s a link to parishes with established burn bans:
http://www.ldaf.state.la.us/portal/Portals/0/FOR/publications/forest%20fire/laburnban.pdf

Here’s a link to the Texas Counties with established burn bans:
http://tfsfrp.tamu.edu/wildfires/DecBan.pdf

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