Inciweb information was updated: 2 weeks ago
The Southern Area Red Incident Management Team assumed command of the Elizabeth Fire on Saturday September 2, 2023. The Southern Area Blue Team assumed command from the Red team on September 10th. The Elizabeth Fire is under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
Primary Fuel Types:
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Medium Logging Slash
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.
Observed Fire Behavior:
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.
Louisiana Interagency Coordination Center (LALIC)