Grass fire along I-12 leads to heavy traffic delays

HOLDEN, La. — Multiple fire departments in Livingston Parish are fighting a grass fire off I-12 eastbound near Holden and Springfield.

The smoke from the fire is blowing over Interstate 12 reducing visibility and slowing down drivers.

Traffic on I-12 westbound started slowing down ahead of the Albany exit but picked up soon after. Eastbound traffic however is backed up for miles.

It starts slowing down just past the Livingston exit (Exit 22) eastbound and is extremely slow moving until after the fire scene a few miles away. One lane is also shut down closer towards the fire.

It’s unclear what started the grass fire at this time. Districts 1 & 2 in Livingston Parish are responding to the fire that started close to 4 p.m. Firefighters are working to get it under control.

Alternate routes include Hwy. 190 or Hwy. 22. If drivers are headed east, take off exit 22 and go towards Hwy. 22 or 190. If drivers are headed west, take off the Albany exit.

This is a developing story. Check back often for new information.

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