Louisiana is dry this February. And that has resulted in a statewide burn ban.
DeSoto and several northwest Louisiana parishes had earlier issued their own burn bans. Red River Fire Chief John Woodfin told the Journal a burn ban for that parish was under consideration.
Here is the text of the news release:
Due to the extremely dry conditions statewide and the overwhelming emergency responses recorded by local fire officials, State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, along 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This order is effective as of 8:00 a.m., February 15, 2022, and shall remain in effect until rescinded.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.).
Violation of this Fire Marshal order could result in criminal and/or civil penalties.
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