L.D.W.F. ENFORCEMENT AGENT AIDS IN SAVING HOMES FROM OUT OF CONTROL FIRE

Release Date: 12/20/2005

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent helped save homes from a field fire in Assumption Parish on Dec. 4.


Lt. Leslie Rulf was on patrol near the intersection of La. Hwys 398 and 1010 when he noticed a fire in a cane field near the intersection.  The fire was traveling in the direction of residences located nearby.  After a few minutes of observation, Lt. Rulf determined the fire was burning out of control and that homes were in jeopardy.


Lt. Rulf contacted the residents of the homes and advised them of the danger and got them out of the homes.  He then contacted the local fire departments and began using a garden hose to wet down the yards in order to prevent the fire from spreading closer to the dwellings.


After the arrival of the fire trucks, Lt. Rulf assisted the local fire department in saturating the area and extinguishing the fire before the homes sustained any structural damage.


After the fires were put out, the fire department determined that the source of the fire was from a local sugar cane farmer who had been doing agricultural burnings of his fields, but had not taken in account the direction of the prevailing winds.


EDITORS: For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2469 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.