BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana state leaders are saying the burn ban currently in effect is due to "dangerously dry conditions."
State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says firefighters were reporting a large amount of grass and field fires likely linked to the dry weather. The burn ban means residents should not start fires, even to burn debris. While the ban does not apply to recreational fires or campfires, including fire pits, Browning recommends everyone stay alert when dealing with even the smallest of fires.
"We're really asking people to refrain from burning, but we do understand recreational campfires and those that could be contained. I would suggest you be more vigilant, having water hoses and buckets of water," said Browning.
The burn ban does not apply to Bossier, Iberville, St. Landry, or St. Mary Parishes. Browning says without a significant amount of rain in the next few weeks, the burn ban will stay in place.