State Fire Marshal Butch Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, have lifted the cease and desist order on private burning, pursuant to his authority under R.S. 40:1563. With recent recordings of rain fall statewide, conditions have improved to allow such burning activities. Citizens are advised to proceed with caution in conducting outdoor burning including not leaving fires unattended and keeping a 100 foot area clear from vegetation, buildings and wooded areas.
Parish President Natalie Robottom along with both the State Fire Marshal and the Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry wish to thank the public for their diligence and adherence to the burn ban. While it was in effect the number of out of control fires did decrease. "I would like to give a special thank you to our local fire departments for their heroic work in protecting the lives and property in St. John the Baptist Parish," said Parish President Natalie Robottom.