STATEWIDE BURN BAN ISSUED DURING PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

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 This order is effective as of 8 a.m., March 25, 2020 and shall remain in effect until rescinded.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.


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  1. So if I want to burn a pile of leaves or sticks I can’t because we need to diminish the airborne irritants but the airborne irritants released in the massive prescribed burns by the State are somehow less irritating and not subject to the ban? My burn may wind up smoking up the neighborhood but it was nothing like a prescribed burn the other day smoking up the whole parish. You want to decrease the potential for emergency responses? Fine just don’t come up with reasons not based in logic. SMH

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