Fire Marshal: 'Conditions favorable' to lift burn ban
BATON ROUGE – A statewide burn ban that has been in place for almost a month in Louisiana could be lifted tomorrow.
State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said his office and others would be evaluating the situation in the morning, but “conditions are looking favorable” after portions of the state received almost four inches of rain in the past 24 hours.
Officials in Caddo Parish decided to lift the burn ban in their area earlier today, and other local agencies are expected to soon follow suit.
State officials said more than 480 wildfires have burned nearly 6,000 acres of land since Oct. 1; the statewide ban was put in place around Oct. 11.
Fire officials remind residents to always burn as far away from structures as possible, including homes, buildings and sheds, and to always have a water source available and/or a fire extinguisher as a precaution.