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Statewide burn ban ordered for Louisiana

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A state-wide burn ban is in effect for Louisiana until further notice by order of the State Fire Marshall and the State Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner.

State Fire Marshal Butch Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain have issued a cease and desist order for all private burning, , pursuant to authority under R.S. 40:1563. Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government.

The order becomes effective at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1st and will remain in effect until rescinded.

According to the order, "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 (R.S. 3:3601 et seq.)."

Violation of this order could result in civil penalties.

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