Statewide Burn Ban Issued

A statewide burn ban has been issued ahead of the tropical weather threat.

BATON ROUGE- Tropical Storm Barry, expected to make landfall the weekend of July 12, 2019, potentially as a Category 1 hurricane, is anticipated to cause major rainfall-induced flooding, storm-surge flooding, and/or high winds throughout the state of Louisiana.

To assist in preventing potential fire-related dangers during this state of emergency, 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 This order is effective as of 10:00 a.m., July 12, 2019 and shall remain in effect until rescinded.

Violation of this Fire Marshal order could result in criminal and/or civil penalties.