Statewide burn ban in effect for Louisiana ahead of Barry

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office says a burn ban has been issued for the entire state ahead of Tropical Storm Barry. / Source: MGN

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office says a burn ban has been issued for the entire state ahead of Tropical Storm Barry.

Barry is anticipated to cause major rainfall-induced flooding, storm-surge flooding, and/or high winds throughout the state of Louisiana, the fire marshal's office says.

With this in mind, State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, along with Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, have issued a statewide cease and desist order for all private burning, pursuant to authority under R.S. 40:1602.

This is to assist in preventing potential fire-related dangers during this state of emergency.

This order is effective as of 10:00 a.m., July 12, 2019, and shall remain in effect until rescinded.

The fire marshal's office also says: Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government. 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.