Due to the extremely dry conditions throughout the state, the State Fire Marshal, Butch Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, has issued a cease and desist order for all private burning. The current weather conditions have greatly increased the threat of fire.
"Due to the dry conditions, private burning may create numerous hazards for residents, their neighbors and the public. For safety reasons, I strongly support the order that has been issued" said Parish President Natalie Robottom. Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department. This order is effective as of today and shall remain in effect until rescinded.
This ban shall not apply to prescribed burns by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, by those trained and certified by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, or by those who conduct prescribed burning as a "generally accepted agriculture practice" as defined by the Louisiana Right to Farm Law (R.S. 3:3601 et seq).