The statewide burn ban will end at 8 a.m. Thursday, State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said Sunday.

The ban went into effect June 1 because of the extreme dry conditionsin the state.

At the time, there were about 300 fires destroying nearly 4,000 acres each month because of the dry conditions, according to a news release from the state Fire Marshal’s office.

Once the ban went into effect, those numbers dropped to 150 fires and 900 acres monthly, the release says.

“These extremely dangerous conditions placed the public and firefighters in harm’s way,” Browning said in the release. “I believe this proactive step to ban burning saved lives and people’s property.”

“We will be closely monitoring conditions in the case future bans might be needed,” he added.

The public is still encouraged to use caution when burning outdoors because dry conditions still persist, the release says.

The lifting of the ban is subject to any parish or municipal regulations, the release says.