A forest fire is currently burning deep within the Kisatchie National Forest, with several support personnel and firefighters attempting to contain it.

The fire was discovered on August 1 in the Kisatchie Hill Wilderness, the result of a lightning strike after a cold front moved through Louisiana. The fire remains small and slow moving at the current time, with Forest Service officers securing a line around it.

In addition, several firefighters have been working to contain the flames. Additionally, a helicopter is making routine water drops onto the fire, while a bulldozer works to build a fire line to help impede its progress.

In order to ensure public safety, the wilderness and all hiking trails have been closed off to the public.

There are no smoke related visibility problems at the current time, and there are no structures being threatened by the fire.

For more information on the wildfire or about the Kisatchie National Forest, please contact Jim Caldwell or Stacy Blomquist at (318) 473-7160.