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Statewide private burn ban issued due to COVID-19

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 state law.

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 This order is effective as of 8 a.m., Wednesday, March 25, and shall remain in effect until rescinded.

“This burn ban is necessary to supplement the governor’s ‘stay 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,” State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning said. “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.

Violation of this Fire Marshal order could result in criminal and/or civil penalties.