Due to Tropical Strom Barry last week, State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, in conjunction with Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, issued a statewide burn ban in anticipation of rainfall-induced flooding, storm-surge flooding, and/or high winds throughout the state. The statewide burn ban has now been lifted, effective Tuesday, July 16, at 12:00pm.

According to a media release from the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal, local governments are within their right to continue the burn ban if conditions warrant it.

“We appreciate the public’s cooperation with this effort to minimize preventable fire-related incidents from overburdening our first responder community as they worked to address the multitude of emergencies brought upon communities across the state from tropical system Barry,” said Browning.