Statewide burn ban issued during public health emergency

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA) (NBC Local 33) – A statewide cease and desist order for all private burning is now in place. Burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government. The order is effective at 8 a.m., March 25, 2020 until further notice.  

 “This burn ban is necessary to supplement the governor’s ‘stay home’ order aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19 due to the anticipation that there may be an increase in open burning occurring across the state as families look for ways to pass the time at home,” said State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, “This order will assist in preventing potential fire-related dangers that could result in unnecessary fire service response as well as diminish airborne irritants caused by burning.”

Violation of this Fire Marshal order could result in criminal and/or civil penalties.

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