Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) wildland firefighting crews have responded to a wildfire about three miles west of Albany, Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said.
The fire is located south of Hwy. 190 and near the end of Blount Road between Albany and Holden.
The LDAF wildland firefighting bulldozer crews are on the scene and the third is enroute. Local volunteer firefighters are protecting structures in the area.
An LDAF spotter plane is in the air assisting ground crews and Forestry enforcement officers are investigating the cause of the fire.
Strain said the fire has been contained but an estimated 80 acres of pine plantation will be affected.
Smoke from the fire is rising to a high altitude and should not be a hazard during the daylight hours but could cause visibility problems for motorists on Interstate 12 and other highways as night falls.
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