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Statewide Burn Ban Issued During Public Health Emergency

BATON ROUGE-State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, in collaboration with Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, have issued a statewide cease and desist order for all private burning, pursuant to  authority  under  R.S.  40:1602.  Private  burning  shall  only  be allowed  by  permission  of  the  local  fire department or local government. This order is effective as of 8a.m., March25, 2020and shall remain in effect until rescinded.   “This burn ban is necessary to supplement the governor’s ‘stay home’ order aimed at mitigating the spread of  COVID-19  due to  the  anticipation  that there  may  be  an  increase  in open  burning  occurring  across  the state as families look for ways to pass the time at home, ” said State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, “This order will assist in preventing potential fire-related dangers that could result in unnecessary fire service response as well as diminish airborne irritants caused by burning. ” 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.). Violation of this Fire Marshal order could result in criminal and/or civil penalties.