The state fire marshal issued a statewide burn ban because of extremely dry conditions.
State Fire Marshal H. Butch Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain on Thursday evening issued a cease and desist order that applies to all private burning beginning 6 a.m. Friday, according to a news release from the state Fire Marshal’s Office.
“This statewide burn ban is in response to extreme dry conditions, abnormal emergency responses and adverse future weather predictions,” the release says.
The local fire department or local government must give permission before anyone can privately burn a fire, but it won’t apply to planned burns by the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry or to agriculture practice as defined by the Louisiana Right to Farm Law, the release says.
Violating the ban could mean criminal or civil penalties.