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Wildfire Response Update (2023)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Vernon Parish, Louisiana, DeRidder, Beauregard Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2023-09-08

Duration: 00:08:31

Subjects: Environment | Wildfires | Emergency management | Disaster response and recovery | Kisatchie National Forest (La.)


  • LeBlanc, Karen Host
  • Strain, Mike Interviewee
  • Lewis, Lisa Interviewee
  • Dubea, Wade Interviewee
  • Parrish, Steve Interviewee


This segment from the September 8, 2023, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Karen LeBlanc’s report on the state’s response to the ongoing wildfires around the state. She visits the Kisatchie National Forest to see the damage caused by the Ida Wildfire in Vernon Parish, as well as the Incident Command Center in DeRidder. She interviews: Commissioner Mike Strain of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF); Lisa Lewis, United States Forest Service; Wade Dubea, Louisiana state forester with LDAF; and Steve Parrish, incident commander for the Southern Area Red Team.