Oct 6, 2010 2:57 PM by Veronica White

Acadia Parish Fights Flames Despite Burn Ban

The entire state is under a burn ban, and Acadia Parish is battling the blazes as people are not following the advisory.

The state is not getting enough rain-- and dry grass means more fires.

Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon says the situation is critical, as their 911 dispatchers have been getting 2 to 3 calls a day about grass fires.

"They spent over 8 hours trying to extinguish one fire and get it under control," says Melancon.

Everyone is advised to refrain from activities that could initiate a fire-- bonfires, campfires, burning trash or leaves, or throwing cigarettes out of the car.

Many locals say they had not heard about the ban yet.

"I didn't know anything about it but I think it's a great idea to let everybody know because you never know-- it might yours or your neighbors house burning next time," says John Moore.

The Sheriff's Department says if people do not pay attention, it affects everyone.

"It affects Fire and Sheriff Departments, Ambulance People, Residents-- if fires get too close we have to ask them to leave their homes," says Melancon.



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