Continued efforts to put out marsh fire

Photos provided by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt Toby M. Valadie, Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office
Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 1:36pm

BAYOU SAUVAGE, LA (FOX44) -- The Louisiana National Guard has dumped over one million gallons of water on the marsh fire that’s sent smoke plumming across the lower Parishes of South Louisiana for the past several days.

“Our guardsmen have worked tirelessly to fight the fire and smoke so the folks of New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana can have some relief,” Governor Bobby Jindal, said in a press release. “The tropical system moving towards the coast will dampen the fire, but the National Guard and other agencies will remain on the ground to assist the city.”

The firefighting effort has been spearheaded by the Louisiana National Guard UH-60 Black Hawks.

“This type of flying takes a tremendous skill set, and it is the experience of our pilots and crews that have allowed us to work in the tight impact area with numerous aircraft during less than ideal conditions,” Col. Patrick Bossetta, commander of teh LANG’s State Aviation Command, explained.

The LANG has nine helicopters dedicated to the aerial firefight; eight carrying helibuckets and one acting as command and control. Helibuckets are large buckets suspended by a cable used to carry water for aerial firefighting.


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