Beauregard Parish Wildfires Continue, Evacuations and Water Shortages Reported

Beauregard Parish in Louisiana is currently facing its fifth day of wildfires since the Tiger Island Fire was first reported on Monday evening. As a result, several towns and communities in the area are under mandatory evacuation orders. The Town of Merryville has posted an update stating that most residents are still without electricity, natural gas, and limited water supply. While the recent rain has provided some relief, officials are warning that the fire is still active and unpredictable due to the changing winds.

Authorities are requesting residents to avoid sightseeing the fires and keep the roads clear for emergency personnel. Although the fires have destroyed 10 structures, there have been no reported injuries or deaths. Mandatory evacuations have been issued for various communities, including Junction, Hauser Road area, Longville, and Singer, among others. Evacuation shelters have been set up at First Methodist Church in DeRidder, First United Methodist Church, and Dry Creek Baptist Camp, providing lodging, meals, and assistance to those affected.

Certain roads, including La. 389 and La. 110 near Merryville and La. 27 between La. 110 and Ball Road, are currently closed, while U.S. 190 from La. 111 to the Texas state line has been reopened. Residents are advised that water infrastructure has been impacted, resulting in low water pressure. Water repairs will only be possible once the fires have subsided, and residents who experience water loss should anticipate a precautionary boil advisory upon its restoration.

In addition to water shortages, Beauregard Electric has interrupted power along Highway 110, and residents are urged to stay away from utility lines for safety purposes. Various organizations, including a Baptist Disaster Relief feeding unit, The Church International – Rosepine, and the United Way of Southwest Louisiana have been assisting with meals for first responders and affected individuals. The United Way has also launched a Fire Relief Fund to support those affected by the wildfires, with 100% of the proceeds going towards the community and firefighters. Donations can be made on their website or by text.