Louisiana wildfires force more evacuations; 17 parishes under state of emergency

Posted on AllSides August 27th, 2023
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Unpredictable winds, continued extreme heat and ultra-dry conditions fueled wildfires Saturday in western Louisiana, with officials ordering more residents to evacuate late into the evening. “There’s nobody alive who’s seen conditions this dangerous,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said Saturday afternoon at the Vernon Parish Emergency Operations Center. Fires have caused the most damage in Beauregard Parish, and evacuation orders continued into the night there and to the immediate north in portions of Vernon Parish. In all, 17 parishes have declared a state of emergency for wildfires, most in the forested...

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