SPRINGFIELD, La. (BRPROUD) — After an early Friday morning fire in the woods, one local fire department is asking residents to “hold off” on burning until there’s rainfall.

Firefighters from the Livingston Parish Fire Protection District #2 responded to a fire in a wooded area on Blood River Road. The fire district said the fire has been a challenge due to Hurricane Ida debris and extreme dryness.

Parishes in the Greater Baton Rouge area are not currently under a burn ban. However, there are burn bans in place in other parts of the state, including Union, Morehouse, West Carroll, Richland, Caldwell, Winn, Red River, LaSalle, Catahoula, Avoyelles, Rapides, Vernon, Beauregard, Allen and Jefferson Davis parishes.

Last week, Louisiana was placed under a red flag warning. The warning is issued by the National Weather Service when there is a fire risk due to warm temperatures, very low humidities, and strong winds.

Open burning safety tips from Louisiana fire officials:

  • Ensuring weather conditions, including wind speed and direction, are safe for burning
  • Establishing a burn pile at least 75 feet from any structures
  • Creating a five-foot wet control line around the area
  • Avoiding the use of flammable liquids to ignite a burn pile
  • Remaining vigilant over the fire with a water source nearby at all times
  • Alert a loved one or neighbor of your activities or conduct them with help
  • If the fire does get out of control, call 911