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Burn ban lifted in Calcasieu Parish

Posted at 2:47 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 22:04:45-04

The burn ban for Calcasieu Parish has been lifted.

The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury lifted the parish burn ban, which was issued on Aug. 31 because of downed trees and limbs, dry weather conditions, and damaged water systems due to Hurricane Laura.

All municipalities and some areas of the parish have their own ordinances that set guidelines on burning. Officials ask residents to check with their municipality and/or district prior to burning.

State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain lifted the cease and desist order for all private burning for Calcasieu Parish earlier on Friday.

The cease and desist order remains in place for Cameron Parish. In Cameron Parish, private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government.

This revised order is effective as of 8 a.m., September 26, 2020 and shall remain in effect until rescinded.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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