BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - After a significant amount of rain over the weekend, the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal lifted the statewide burn ban that went into affect October 16.
The burn ban was officially lifted at 6 p.m. Monday. It was initially issued by Fire Marshal Butch Browning and Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain due to dry conditions within the state.
It was the first time since 2013 that all of Louisiana was under a burn ban.
"While our agency responded to numerous calls involving violations of the ban, with several resulting in the issuance of monetary fines, I am appreciative of the fact that the vast majority of citizens heeded the ban and became more fire safety conscious," said Browning.
"Although the severe weather is causing havoc across the state, the abundance of rainfall is welcome to reduce the excessive fire danger," said Strain. "However, please be cautious and mindful of your own and your loved ones personal safety while the state deals with excessive rain and flooding."