The COVID-19 global pandemic has citizens practicing social distancing and staying at home more. While many may use this time as an opportunity to get a little spring cleaning done in the house or yard, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office has announced that a statewide burn ban went into effect at 8 a.m. on March 25.
“This burn ban is necessary to supplement the governor’s ‘stay home’ order aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19 due to the anticipation that there may be an increase in open burning occurring across the state as families look for ways to pass the time at home,” said State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, “This order will assist in preventing potential fire-related dangers that could result in unnecessary fire service response as well as diminish airborne irritants caused by burning.”
The Marshal announced the ban in collaboration with Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain on March 24. It should be noted that the ban does not apply to prescribed burns authorized 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.
Those found in violation of the burn ban could face a $250 fine. Fines collected from burn ban penalties are deposited into the Louisiana Life Safety and Property Protection Trust Fund as required by state law.