Despite the rain that Jackson Parish received on Sunday, the “No Exception” Burn Ban that was issued by the Louisiana State Fire Marshall on August 25th remains in effect. Included is an executive order signed by Governor Jon Bel Edwards suspending all prescribed burns in the state, including those used for forest, agricultural and coastal land management.
Violation of the burn ban order could result in criminal and civil penalties.
“Right now our state is facing a very dangerous and unpredictable situation with lots of fires burning statewide, and we cannot afford to have any exceptions to the current burn ban,” said Edwards. “
The governor’s office said more than 440 fires have damaged or destroyed more than 30,000 acres of land since a State of Emergency was declared in late July.
“While we don’t know how long we will be in this situation, we do know that by adhering to the burn ban we can lessen the chances of any other fires from starting.” continued Edwards.