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Officials issue burn ban across state of Louisiana

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  • Statewide burn ban in effect for first time since 2013

    Statewide burn ban in effect for first time since 2013

    Friday, October 16 2015 5:30 PM EDT2015-10-16 21:30:51 GMT
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    The entire state of Louisiana is under a burn ban that went into effect Friday morning. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said just this week a grass fire in North Louisiana spread, setting about 10 building on fire. That is why, for the first time since 2013, all of Louisiana is under a burn ban. More >>
    The entire state of Louisiana is under a burn ban that went into effect Friday morning. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said just this week a grass fire in North Louisiana spread, setting about 10 building on fire. That is why, for the first time since 2013, all of Louisiana is under a burn ban. More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal announced a statewide burn ban beginning Friday morning.

Due to dry conditions within the state, Fire Marshal Butch Browning and Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain issued a burn ban starting at 6 a.m.

The ban was put in place due to "extreme dry conditions, abnormal emergency responses, and adverse future weather predictions." Anyone looking to burn anything privately needs to get permission from their local fire department or government office.

The ban does not apply to approved burns by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry or those who conduct burning as an accepted agricultural practice as told by the Louisiana Right to Farm Law.

There is no estimated timeline on when the ban will end.

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