For all their destruction, the weekend’s record-setting rain clouds had a silver lining.
The State Fire Marshal announced Monday they were lifting a 10-day burn ban as the saturating rain lowered the risk of wildland fires.
“Although the severe weather is causing havoc across the state, the abundance of rainfall is welcome to reduce the excessive fire danger,” Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said in a news release.
Officials cited “abnormally dry conditions in recent weeks” for the ban issued Oct. 16.
Authorities responded to “numerous” reports of illegal burns and issued several fines, Fire Marshall Butch Browning said in the release. However, he said that generally, Louisiana residents heeded the ban.