BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu (click title to entry - thank you)declared a state of emergency for New Orleans because of the marsh fire, and now it's pushing foul smelling smoke into Baton Rouge.
Mayor Landrieu said his main reason for declaring the state of emergency is to allow firefighters access to private property as they try to put out the fire that has burned nearly 2,300 acres. The fire is not an immediate threat to life or property because it's in such a remote area of eastern New Orleans, but the mayor said people will still be affected by the smoke for the next few days, especially those with health problems.
"I would ask that you to please heed the warning and take precaution," Landrieu said.
Tuesday Baton Rouge residents like Ellen Keim noticed the smoke creep into Baton Rouge....
56,000 people in all died from the effects of the smog and heat