Due to a lack of rain, Louisiana State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain had to issue a statewide burn ban that went into effect Tuesday, February 15, 2022. The ban was put into place after dozens of fire departments across the state had been overwhelmed with emergency calls to extinguish fires.

Effective at 4 p.m. Wednesday, February 23, Fire Marshal Browning along with Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, rescinded the statewide cease and desist order for all private burning last week. Louisiana's dry conditions have sufficiently been alleviated following several rainstorms. State Fire Marshal H. “Butch,” Browning said,

“I want to thank the public for its cooperation with this recent burn ban and for understanding the sensitive
the situation many communities and their first responders were recently faced with some very dry conditions.”

Browning continued, “It never ceases to amaze me how supportive Louisianans can be to each other in times of emergency and I’m proud of how the majority of our state responded this past week.”

Depending on conditions, some local and Parish governments may continue their own burn ban. According to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the only legal items residents can burn in Louisiana are vegetation and ordinary yard waste such as leaves, tree branches, grass clippings, etc.

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