By order of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal, the statewide burn ban issued on March 25, 2020 is LIFTED effective IMMEDIATELY.
Please remain aware of & compliant with any local restrictions on burning.
Thank you to all who cooperated in order to be considerate of your neighbors spending more time at home due to #COVID19!
The State of Louisiana is still under a BURN BAN.
Here are a few important things to remember:
The burn ban is NOT due to dry conditions.
The burn ban is to keep smoke out of the air to prevent respiratory issues, from COVID-19 or otherwise, from worsening.
The burn ban is also an attempt to reduce the number of emergency calls for first responders to limit their unnecessary interaction with each other and the public.
The burn ban does NOT allow using a fire pit, barrel or other containment method to burn rubbish for long periods of time.
You ARE ALLOWED to use barbecue grills, fire pits and small campfires for BRIEF RECREATIONAL purposes.
BATON ROUGE- State Fire Marshal H. ‘Butch’ Browning, in collaboration with Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, have issued a statewide cease and desist order for all private burning, pursuant to authority under R.S. 40:1602. Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government. This order is effective as of 8 a.m., March 25, 2020 and shall remain in effect until rescinded.
‘This burn ban is necessary to supplement the governor’s Stay At Home order aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19 due to the anticipation that there may be an increase in open burning occurring across the state as families look for ways to pass the time at home,” said State Fire Marshal H. ‘Butch’ Browning. ‘This order will assist in preventing potential fire-related dangers that could result in unnecessary fire service response as well as diminish airborne irritants caused by burning’.
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.).
Violation of this Fire Marshal order could result in criminal and/or civil penalties.