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The statewide burn ban in place for Louisiana since late August has been lifted, but before you head for that long-awaited burn pile, there are a few things you should know. 

State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain on Thursday lifted and rescinded the cease and desist order on outdoor burning issued on August 24, 2011 for the following Louisiana parishes:

Allen, Acadia, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Cameron, Catahoula, Claiborne, Desoto, Evangeline, Grant, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, LaSalle, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, St. Landry, Union, Vermillion, Vernon, Webster and Winn

Effective November 11, 2011 at 6:00am, outdoor burning will be allowed. The burning will be subject to any and all state, local government or fire department regulations or laws.

However, this does not mean that it is now legal to burn at will. In Caddo Parish, people are still required to call local fire branches for a burn permit before doing any outdoor burning. The best way to ensure you are abiding by all laws is to call a local fire department and check about burning requirements in your parish.

Even though the statewide burn ban has been lifted, residents still need to check with their local authorities.  Some, like Red River Parish, remain under a parish-wide burn ban.  Fire District 5 Chief Wayne Phelps says the parish still hasn't gotten a sufficient amount of rain yet.

The public is urged to use caution in any involving activities outdoor burning, and refrain from burning on windy days.

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