Jun 21, 2011 6:15 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Wildfire forces evacuations in DeSoto Parish

BENSON, La. (AP) - More than a dozen families returned to their homes late Monday after a woods fire in south DeSoto Parish forced them to evacuate, fire officials said.
Capt. Charlie Metcalf, of DeSoto Fire District No. 8, said the blaze was reported about 2 p.m. just north of the Benson community and is currently under control although it's still burning.
"We've established a (fire) line around it and plan to monitor it throughout the night," he said.
While it's not known yet what sparked the fire, Metcalf said drought conditions in the area and very high wind helped fuel it. He said firefighters from DeSoto Districts 1and 5 and North Sabine are helping fight the fire in addition to the Louisiana Forestry Service.
"We're going to remain on scene and ride it through the rest of the night to make sure the flame stay within the line," he said.
One firefighter was treated at the scene after he became overheated, Metcalf said. No damage to property in the rural community has been reported.


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