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UPDATED: There has been some confusion regarding the burn ban that went into effect today. In order to clarify the situation, the State Fire Marshall posted that Barbecue pits, fire pits and small campfires are permitted during the burn ban when used for brief, recreational purposes. Placing brush materials into a fire pit to burn away for extended periods of time is not. It's not about how contained the fire is kept, it's about the use of the fire. The OSFM hopes that residents will take this opportunities to be a good neighbor by cooperating with this order.

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State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain have issued a statewide cease and desist order for all private burning.

Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government.

This order is effective as of 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and shall remain in effect until rescinded.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

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

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