Smoke, smell coming from New Orleans
An acrid smell and a smoky cloud in Morgan City this morning apparently were the result of a marsh fire in eastern New Orleans.
Morgan City firefighters were called out to investigate the smoke cloud over Lakeside subdivision around 8:30 a.m. today but could not find the cause.
St. Mary Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security officials posted to the office's Facebook page that the fire and odor were coming from New Orleans.
Quoting Patterson airport fixed base operator Ken Perry, the post said "a pilot flying in from New Orleans observed the smoke lessening as he flew west. But, if easterly winds prevail the concentration of smoke will worsen."
According to the Associated Press, the haze covered much of New Orleans Sunday and today.
Ash-littered cars and porches in Belle Chasse, 15 miles from the fire west of Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge.
The fire broke out Friday in a very isolated area, the New Orleans Fire Department said. It does not endanger anyone, cannot be reached by the department‘s equipment, and will burn itself out, the department said.
The air was considered unhealthy for sensitive groups and was expected to remain so Monday, but southerly winds should bring clean air into the area Tuesday, Louisiana‘s Department of Environmental Quality said.