Wildfire Incident Information
Terrain
Satellite
OSM
This fire is no longer active
75% contained
Fire Status
OUT
Last Updated
8 months ago
Fire Start
Tuesday, August 22, 2023 6:30 AM CDT
Incident #
2023-LALAS-000252
Dispatch Notes
Contain: 10/25/2023 15:00

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 10 months ago

The Southern Area Red Incident Management Team assumed command of the Tiger Island Fire on Sunday August 27, 2023. The Southern Area Blue Team assumed command from the Red team on September 10th. The Tiger Island Fire is under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.   

Basic Incident Details

Last Updated
Wed, Sep 13, 2023 11:45 AM UTC
Incident Type
Wildfire
Cause
undetermined
Fire Discovered
Thu, Aug 24, 2023 6:00 PM UTC
Location
Beauregard Parish, E of Merryville, LA, S of Hwy 190, SW of Deridder, LA N of Singer
Incident Commander
Charlie Patterson, ICCI, Southern Area Blue Team
Jon Wallace, ICCI (trainee)
Andy Baker, Deputy ICCI
Coordinates
30.672777777778, -93.438611111111

Current Situation

Total Personnel
272
Size
31,087 Acres
Containment
75%
Estimated Containment
Sunday, October 29, 2023 7:00 AM CDT
Fuels Involved

Primary Fuel Types:
Southern Rough
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Medium Logging Slash

Narrative:
Pine plantations of multiple ages. Fuel loads in these pine plantations can be very high. The fire area is intermixed with creeks and swamp areas. This mixture of fuel and terrain types makes access difficult. Oil and gas infrastructure and private residences are scattered throughout the fire area.  

Live fuel moisture samples taken on site are at critical levels and can be treated as dead vegetation.   

Heavy residual fuels as a result of Hurricane Laura in 2020 exist and contribute to extreme fire behavior and resistance to control. 

Significant Events

Observed Fire Behavior:
Moderate
Backing
Creeping
Smoldering


Narrative:
Fire behavior is expected to be minimal today and the weather outlook will support increasing rain chances and higher Rh values the remainder of the week. Dry air returning for the weekend. Heavy fuel (vegetation) loads, needle cast, and burned large trees holding heat exacerbate control of the fire and are causing reburn within the control lines. Fuel loads in pine plantations are very high. The fire area is intermixed with drought-impacted creeks and swamp areas.

This mixture of vegetation and terrain types makes access difficult. Private residences are scattered around the fire area.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Ground crews will be working closely with air attack to increase containment. Existing lines will be monitored by additional ground personnel, to scout for spot fires and problem areas. Air drops of water, and retardant will continue to help containment and reduce interior hot spots.
Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: As the cloud cover burns off in the afternoon humidity will decrease to around 50

24 hours: As the marine influence gradually recedes, resulting in clearing skies with daytime temperatures increasing slightly as the humidity drops allowing for continued fire activity. Overnight there is a potential for a thermal belt to develop and allow some fire activity to continue in the affected areas. The heavier fuels and burning stump holes will continue to produce smoke until consumed or extinguished resulting in areas of smoldering and creeping. During the peak burn period there may be some active backing and flanking in interior green islands or dirty burn areas, particularly those areas exposed to the sun.

48 hours: Developing moderate high pressure increasing warmer temperatures and lower humidity. This will allow for hot dry conditions increasing the availability of fuels and fire activity. The heavier fuels and burning stump holes will continue to produce smoke until consumed or extinguished. There could be areas of smoldering and creeping. During the peak burn period there may be some active backing and flanking in interior green islands or dirty burn areas.

72 hours: The high pressure will provide warmer temperatures and lower humidity.

Remarks
IMT is also managing Lions Camp Road, HWY 113, and Elizabeth fires. Overhead for these fires are
included in this report.
SA Blue Team assumed command on 9/10 at 0700.

Dispatch Center Contact

Louisiana Interagency Coordination Center (LALIC)

Pineville, LA

318-473-7152