New Orleans, LA – Mayor Mitch Landrieu has taken a reconnaissance flight over the 15-hundred acre site and says he could see pockets that are still smoldering. Officials say the stubborn fire was sparked by a lightning strike August 24th. The New Orleans Fire Department has taken soil samples and discovered the water table has risen to a foot under the surface. No flames are visible, and the mayor says there's no immediate threat of rekindling. Fire officials will be checking the area each day, and the Mosquito Control Boars will conduct aerial checks. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality reports air quality is listed as "good" for Orleans Parish.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming.