Burn Ban Issued for Parts of Louisiana
31 parishes on the list
BATON ROUGE -- Citing extremely dry conditions in certain Louisiana parishes, State Fire Marshal H. Butch Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain have issued a cease and desist order for all private burning, pursuant to authority under R.S. 40:1563.
Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government.
This order is effective as of 3:00pm, September 18, 2013 and shall remain in effect until rescinded for the following Louisiana parishes: Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, DeSoto, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, LaSalle, Lincoln, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Union, Vernon, Webster, West Carroll, and Winn.
A map showing the parishes subject to the ban is online at www.ldaf.state.la.us or www.lasfm.org.
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(R.S. 3:3601 et seq.)
In a release, Browning said violations of this order could result in criminal and/or civil penalties.