Louisiana State Fire Marshal Extends Burn Ban Amidst Ongoing Fire Risk

Published 1:54 pm Saturday, September 9, 2023

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The Office of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal has reaffirmed the burn ban issued initially on August 25, 2023, following consultations with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) and the National Weather Service (NWS). As fire risks persist, this directive remains in force, affecting all residents and outdoor activities across the state.

Effective August 25 at noon, this burn ban, authorized under R.S. 40:1602, categorically prohibits all private burning activities. Simultaneously, the LDAF has issued a separate directive banning agricultural burning, encompassing activities such as prescribed burns.

While the ban restricts many outdoor activities, Louisiana residents can continue outdoor cooking. To do so safely, residents must adhere to specific precautions. Outdoor cooking equipment, such as grills and smokers, may be used solely for culinary purposes. These must be placed on a flame-resistant surface near a water source or fire extinguisher. The type of fuel used in these cooking devices, whether propane, charcoal, pellets, or any other, does not influence their permissibility.

However, open flames remain strictly prohibited, as seen in fire pits, campfires, barrels, bonfires, burn piles, and open burning. Authorities emphasize that these restrictions are vital in reducing the risk of wildfires, especially during dry and dangerous conditions.

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office has committed to revisiting the status of the burn ban every week. Residents are encouraged to stay informed about updates and exercise caution and vigilance during this period.

As the state grapples with heightened fire hazards, residents are urged to prioritize safety and compliance with these vital directives. Failing to do so may result in penalties and legal consequences.

For further information and updates on the burn ban, residents can refer to the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s official website and local authorities.