BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - A statewide burn ban has been issued by State Fire Marshal, H. Butch Browning, and the Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner, Mike Strain.
The burn ban was issued due to the extremely dry conditions within the state.
Residents are asked to stop all private burning unless they receive permission from their local fire department or their local government.
Officials added that the ban does not apply to prescribed burns by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, to those who have been trained and certified by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry or by those who conduct prescribed burning as a "generally accepted agricultural practice."
Only four parishes are exempt from the burn ban: Bossier, Iberville, St. Landry and St. Mary.
The burn ban will go into effect at 2 p.m. Saturday and will remain in effect until it is rescinded.