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Louisiana lifting statewide burn ban Wednesday

2 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, February 23 2022 Feb 23, 2022 February 23, 2022 1:21 PM February 23, 2022 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - State fire officials are rescinding a statewide burn ban prompted last week by dry conditions throughout the region.

In the past two weeks, multiple fast-spreading brush fires were reported in the area, including a 10-acre blaze sparked by a truck's tailpipe. Another sprawling fire was reported last week near a suburban neighborhood in Livingston Parish.

Read the statement from the state fire marshal's office below. 

Due to recent dry conditions statewide being sufficiently alleviated following several rain events, State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, along with Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, is rescinding the statewide cease and desist order for all private burning issued on February 15, 2022.

This rescind notice is effective as of 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.

“I want to thank the public for its cooperation with this recent burn ban and for understanding the sensitive situation many communities and their first responders were recently facing with some very dry conditions,” said State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, “It never ceases to amaze me how supportive Louisianans can be to each other in times of emergency and I’m proud of how the majority of our state responded this past week.”

Residents should be aware that local and parish governments may continue their own burn bans at their will.

Where the burn ban is being lifted, the State Fire Marshal’s Office would like remind residents that the only legal items you can burn in Louisiana are vegetation and ordinary yard waste items like leaves, tree branches, grass clippings, etc.

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