Ban on burning in place after the hurricane
There is a burning ban in place for many parishes affected by Hurricane Ida.
The ban, issued by State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, covers the following parishes: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupée, Saint-Bernard, Saint-Charles, Sainte-Hélène, Saint-Jacques, Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Saint-Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.
The order states that private burning will only be allowed with permission from the local fire department or local government. This ordinance comes into effect at 5 p.m. on September 1, 2021, and will remain in effect until canceled.
“The extensive damage caused by Hurricane Ida includes several water supply systems. This means that many communities do not have adequate water service for potential firefighting needs, ”said State Fire Marshal H.“ Butch ”Browning,“ This ordinance will help hopefully local first responders by reducing unnecessary fire calls that they will be challenged to respond to due to a lack of infrastructure, resources, and personnel already tasked with Ida’s recovery efforts.
This ban will not apply to burns directed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, by those trained and certified by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, or by those who perform prescribed burns as a “practice.” Generally Accepted Agricultural “as defined by Louisiana law. agricultural law (RS 3: 3601 et seq.).
The use of barbecues, fireplaces and small campfires for brief recreational purposes is permitted and is not affected by the prohibition on burning.
Violation of this order of the Fire Marshal could result in criminal and / or civil penalties.