Brush, woods fires in Bienville Parish prompt evacuations

This photo was taken from Tobin Rd., just outside of Lucky going toward Castor shows smoke rising from wildfires in Bienville Parish. (Source: Melissa Ouzts) This photo was taken from Tobin Rd., just outside of Lucky going toward Castor shows smoke rising from wildfires in Bienville Parish. (Source: Melissa Ouzts)

More than 2-dozen fire units with a total of more than 70 firefighters are working to contain raging grass and woods fires in Bienville Parish. Fire officials say about 6-7 homes have been evacuated along Griffin Road in Castor, Louisiana.

According to Bienville Parish Chief Deputy Randy Price, the fires are in Castor and Lucky, which is 3 to 4 miles east of Castor and north of Highway 4.

Price said the fire crews are focusing on protecting the 15 or so structures that could be threatened by the flames, including several homes where the fires are just a few hundred feet away.

We’re told some minor structures such as small sheds have been destroyed by the fire.

Fire crews from Ringgold, Castor and surrounding areas are all helping. A state forestry plane is also flying above to monitor the fires and homeland security has been notified.

Fire officials say the blaze is about 50 percent contained but it’s still a threat to nearly a dozen homes across 10-15 miles.

Price said they are still looking into the possibility that the fires could have been sparked by a truck dragging something like a chain. That speculation is based on the linear path of the fires, but Price emphasized that the cause has not yet been confirmed.

No injuries have been reported.

Bienville Parish is still under a burn ban.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.

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