Recent statewide burn ban ends

Published 1:19 pm Wednesday, February 23, 2022

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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, are ending the statewide cease-and-desist order for all private burning, originally issued on Feb. 15.

This notice ending the ban is effective as of 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23.

“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.

According to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, items not allowed to be burned include:

  • Plastic and other synthetic materials.
  • Tires and other rubber products.
  • Paints, household and agricultural chemicals.
  • Asphalt shingles, heavy oils, wire.
  • Newspaper, cardboard and other paper products.
  • Buildings and mobile homes.