UPDATE, 8/31/23: The same grass fire that was contained Wednesday in St. Landry Parish reignited Thursday, according to officials.
St. Landry Parish President Jessie Bellard said although he does not know the exact cause of the reignition, the wind from earlier Thursday picked up and could have affected the embers under the gravel and grass, sparking some small flames.
The fire took approximately an hour to put out, according to Bellard.
More details will be shared when made available.
ORIGINAL STORY, 8/30/23: ST. LANDRY PARISH, La. (KLFY) — A grass fire in St. Landry Parish was out of control for a time Wednesday and spread to nearby structures, authorities said.
The fire was in the vicinity of Hwy. 190 and Bertrand Road, according to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department. Bertrand Road was closed in the area, and SLPSO diverted traffic away from the area.
People in the neighborhood said the fire started around 1:30 p.m., and, initially it was a grass fire but then quickly spread to a nearby field.
It took firefighters a couple of hours to contain the flames, and reports of a house, sheds and tires were damaged, according to authorities.
Fire District 3 handled the fire. No injuries were reported.
Officials continue to urge people to remember a burn ban is in place until further notice.