WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — West Baton Rouge Parish has become the next parish in the area to opt out of the statewide burn ban. The parish’s burn ban will be lifted on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 8 a.m.

The West Baton Rouge Parish Council released the following statement.

After consultation with the West Baton Rouge Parish Fire Department and evaluating the more desirable weather conditions that lower the fire risk; parish residents may under caution burn small incidental fires on their property. It is recommended that safety be of the utmost importantance and that any burning be supervised and have readily available means to extinguish fires before they become out of control.

West Baton Rouge Parish Council

West Baton Rouge Parish joins other parishes in Louisiana in opting out of the statewide burn ban, including Livingston, West Feliciana, Iberville, Tangipahoa, and Ascension.

The statewide burn ban continues to be in effect for Louisiana as the area continues to be under a drought. However, back on Sept. 29, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal allowed for individual parishes to opt out of the burn ban.