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‘Hillbilly Fire Brigade’ works to contain rural forest fire

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www.youtube.com – 7NEWS – 2023-08-31 22:12:15

SUMMARY: A fire that broke out a few days ago in a rural area, located a quarter-mile away, is still burning out of control, according to local residents who have taken it upon themselves to try and contain it. Firefighters have been unable to reach the fire due to blocked roads. The fire is reported to be 200 yards wide and 40 feet tall. In most rural areas, volunteer fire brigades are responsible for managing such incidents.

A Calcasieu Parish wildfire first reported Saturday afternoon in the Vinton-Toomey area near Niblett's Bluff is still burning tonight. The fire is so deep in the woods, officials say it has been difficult to contain.

“First found out about it a few days ago, it was a quarter mile away and it was burning out of control,” said resident Michael Tabor. “I talked to the fire chief. He said they couldn't get their trucks back there, it wasn't contained.”

Local residents who have nicknamed themselves the Hillbilly Fire Brigade have worked tirelessly to try and contain the fire.

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Yatch club hosts annual free sailing lessons

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www.youtube.com – 7NEWS – 2024-06-13 22:02:17

SUMMARY: This evening, both kids and adults enjoyed fun in the sun while learning to sail at the Lake Charles Yacht Club's yearly free sailing lesson event. Participants experienced the freedom of being on the water and gained valuable sailing skills. Lead instructor Robert Goodson explained that upon completing the lessons, students should be able to navigate efficiently and understand sailing tactics, which differ significantly from powerboat navigation. Instructor Alexander Unob, who has been teaching since he was eight, highlighted the unique challenge and supportive community within sailing. The free lessons are held annually during the summer, offering ongoing opportunities for the community.

Yatch club hosts annual free sailing lessons

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Jeff Davis Parish takes a big step toward new animal shelter

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www.youtube.com – 7NEWS – 2024-06-13 20:46:56

SUMMARY: Jeff Davis Parish is advancing towards a new animal shelter with a contract established with Beasley and Longo Shelter Design for its architecture and design. The parish is utilizing American Rescue Plan funds for the project, coordinated through DCMC consultants. After soliciting qualifications from multiple companies and a thorough review process, Beasley and Longo were chosen. The proposed shelter will include 70 to 100 pens for animals. The design is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The shelter aims to reduce stray animals in the community, with site locations still under consideration.

Jeff Davis Parish takes a big step toward new animal shelter

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Ag and Forestry Commissioner says new Farm Bill overdue

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www.youtube.com – 7NEWS – 2024-06-13 20:46:23

SUMMARY: The House Committee on Agriculture has passed a new version of the Farm Bill, but it has yet to be enacted by Congress. Since the previous Farm Bill expired last year, the U.S. has been operating under an extension. Revised every five years, the Farm Bill sets policy and funding for essential agriculture and conservation programs. Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain emphasizes the bill's critical role in supporting America's largest industry and global food supply. With the current Farm Bill expiring on September 30th, an extension of the 2018 policies will be needed if Congress doesn't pass a new bill.

Ag and Forestry Commissioner says new Farm Bill overdue

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