Statewide burn ban issued due to dry conditions in Louisiana

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Due to the extremely dry conditions statewide and emergency responses recorded by local fire officials, State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, along with Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, have issued a statewide cease and desist order for all private burning.

According to a news release, private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government.

The order is effective as of 8 a.m. on Feb. 15 and shall remain in effect until rescinded.

This ban shall not apply to prescribed burns by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, by those trained and certified by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, or by those who conduct prescribed burning as a “generally accepted agriculture practice” as defined by the Louisiana Right to Farm Law.

Violation of this Fire Marshal order could result in criminal or civil penalties.