NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal has issued a multi-parish burn ban in the days following Hurricane Ida.
The ban order was put in place for Ascension, Assumption, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Terrebonne parishes.
State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain lifted the cease and desist order issued for all private burning for East Baton Rouge Parish, East Feliciana Parish, Pointe Coupee Parish, Washington Parish, West Baton Rouge Parish, and West Feliciana Parish.
The ban also does not apply to:
- prescribed burns by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry,
- those trained and certified by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry
- 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.),
- those permitted by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.
- anyone trained and certified by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry
Residents are being reminded that when the ban is lifted, the only things that are allowed to be burned are vegetation, leaves, tree branches and grass clippings.
According to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, items NOT allowed to be burned include:
- Plastic and other synthetic materials
- Tires and other rubber products
- Paints, household and agricultural chemicals
- Asphalt shingles, heavy oils, wire
- Newspaper, cardboard and other paper products
- Buildings and mobile homes
Violations of this Fire Marshal order could result in criminal and/or civil penalties.