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New Orleans monitoring marsh fire likely sparked by lightning

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NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Fire Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are currently monitoring a marsh fire in eastern Orleans Parish.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, witnesses Wednesday reported seeing a lightning strike near Brazilier Island that ultimately caused about 50 acres of marsh to catch fire. The area is next to Highway 90 between the Chef Pass Bridge and the Rigolets Pass Bridge.

Authorities say wind conditions currently are allowing the smoke from the fire to rise straight up and dissipate into the upper atmosphere. Caution signs are being placed in the area to warn motorists of the potential hazards from the smoke.

New Orleans firefighters and those with the fish and wildlife service are on the scene monitoring the situation and accessing options.

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