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Firefighters respond to fire at rubber retention levee in Scott

Posted: 6:10 AM, Aug 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-09 07:10:44-04

On Wednesday evening, the Scott Fire Department says they investigated heavy smoke and fire emitting from a rubber retention levee.

Firefighters say the smoke and fire were observed coming from the ground in the 1900 block of Renaud Road in Scott where a retention levee was constructed using 156 million pounds of recycled rubber.

The fire was brought under control, but according to officials smoke, can still be seen coming from the ground in the area. Firefighters say they believe that there may still be an active sub-surface fire.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will be working with fire officials, landowners, and contractors to determine the best course of action to distinguish the remaining fire.

Fire officials did not say what caused the fire to start.

A sub-surface fire was reported in the same area in March of this year. That fire, according to the SFD, was caused by lightning which struck the rubber retention levee causing it to smolder and then ignite.

Heavy equipment and pumps used by a private company were finally able to extinguish that fire.

Read more on that fire investigation below.

Scott Fire Department monitoring fire near old Scott Trash Dump