Officials say trying to fight the marsh fire is useless because it’s too hard to reach and too spread out to try and douse with water from the air. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the focus is on monitoring the situation.
He says you can expect the smell, smoke to continue for at least three more days while the fire burns itself out.
The fire is 100 percent contained because the area is surrounded by water on all four sides.
The mayor says it poses no threat to citizens or to property, “To determine the more exact area impacted and new estimates of when the fire may burn itself out, we will conduct a more detailed reconnaissance flight tomorrow [Tuesday] morning.”
Officials estimate 1300 acres of brush and debris have already burned with another 1000 acres still to go.
Drivers in the area are urged to use extra precaution when it's dark because that’s when the smoke settles lower to the ground.