Posted: Jul 21, 2011 4:53 PM by WBRZ staff
Updated: Jul 21, 2011 4:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says the recent statewide burn ban worked, successfully lessening the number of fires in Louisiana during its enforcement.
Browning says in the 30 days before the burn ban was issued there were 350 fires affecting 5,000 acres.
In the 30 day period after the burn ban was put into effect that number decreased to 160 fires affecting only 900 acres.
The burn ban was issued June 1st in response to drought conditions and ended July 21st.
The State Fire Marshal's Office issued only 2 burn ban related citations in the whole state.
Browning says violators were warned first and many, once aware of their violation, would extinguish the fire.
The Fire Marshal says the two tickets were only given only in cases of blatant disregard of the law such as outright refusal to extinguish the fire or reignition of the fire after the warning was given.
Those fines cost $500 and both were issued in north Louisiana.