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State burn ban comes to an end; reminder of open-air burning rules

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Now that Louisiana is ending its state burn ban, you may want to take heed of what you can and cannot burn.

Fire departments want to remind you that you can't burn anything you want.

The state has given fire departments in our part of the state a refresher course about open fires.

Rodey Mallet of the Department of Environmental Quality, says, "We want to work with the fire departments and the public...law enforcement to let them know what you can and cant burn."

The department of environmental quality is getting the word to parishes with 90,000 people or less that you can set fire to trees, brush, grass and any other vegetable matter as long as the smoke wont go near the closest city.

For parishes with 300-thousand or fewer people, you can burn leaves, grass, twigs, branches, and vines.

Ty Russel reports, "Now you might want to watch out for some of the items that you're burning because if your blaze is too big too handle, you might have a heavy price to pay"

"If someone is burning illegally, they will be written a citation possibly. Sometimes we give a warning but they could be written a citation and they will have to appear in the environmental court.", warns Curt Mechum of the Ouachita Parish Fire Department.

The Ouachita Parish Fire Department encourages you to never leave a fire unattended because it can get out of hand.

The state has some new concerns with the end of the burn ban.

"We're concerned with other things that people may burn like your plastics, tires, and like some construction and demolition debris.", Mallet adds.

Whatever you burn, keep water nearby just to be sure you are able to battle the blaze.

On a parish by parish basis, Morehouse Parish is the latest to lift its burn ban. The police jury there made the announcement Wednesday.

People living in other parishes that may still be under a ban are urged to check with local authorities before doing any outdoor burning.

For the current rules on open air burning, please read this from the Ouachita Parish Fire Department's website.

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