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State Fire Marshal revises burn ban for parishes

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Published: Aug. 30, 2020 at 8:49 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2020 at 12:29 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE (State Fire Marshal) - State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain have lifted the cease and desist order for all private burning for the following parishes: Allen, Beauregard, Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, Jackson, Jeff Davis, LaSalle, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, Union, Vernon and Winn.

The cease and desist order remains in place for Calcasieu and Cameron parishes. 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 This revised order is effective as of 8 a.m., September 15, 2020, and shall remain in effect until rescinded.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

The DeRidder Fire Department will allow open burning of natural vegetation by permit only, effective immediately. Due to the amount of debris in the city, burn piles must be inspected by fire personnel prior to burning. Burning without a permit and inspection is illegal, and the individual may face fines. For more information, call the fire department at 337-462-8929.

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