A burn ban has been issued for the entire state ahead of Tropical Storm Barry's landfall.
Louisiana State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning, Jr. along with Agricultural and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain have issued a statewide burn ban effective starting Friday, July 12, 2019 starting at 10 a.m.
Residents are asked to comply with this ban until further notice. The ban is in effort to assist in preventing potential fire-related dangers during this state of emergency. 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 This order is effective as of 10:00 a.m., July 12, 2019 and shall remain in effect until rescinded.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.
According to The State Fire Marshal's Office, this ban will 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