As if the wind and flood damage weren't enough, New Orleans endured an outbreak of fires in the days following the hurricane. Nearly every day, numerous fires broke out around the city, many the work of arsonists. Unfortunately, firefighting efforts were compromised by low water pressure and difficulty in accessing the burn sites. In some cases, fires were simply allowed to burn themselves out. Firefighters took to the extreme measure of using helicopters to drop massive buckets of water on burning buildings. This technique is usually reserved for forest fire fighting, since the weight of thousands of gallons of water falling from helicopters could cause extensive damage to the buildings below. However, it was important to attempt to keep fires from comsuming entire city blocks (which did happen in some cases), so individual buildings were sometimes sacrificed to save entire neighborhoods. The following pictures depict some of the fires that occured across New Orleans after Katrina.
September 2 saw the worst fire outbreaks across New Orleans. A pre-dawn explosion of a chemical plant on the waterfront sparked a giant blaze that burned for 2 days, casting a smoky pall over much of the city.
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