Statewide Burn Ban Lifted in Louisiana as of November 21 – Outdoor Burning Rules Explained

By Seraphina Frost
Published November 21, 2023

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Louisiana – After discussions involving the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM), Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security (GOHSEP), and the National Weather Service (NWS), the statewide burn ban, which was first put in place on August 7th and most recently modified on September 29th, was lifted as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21.

With this announcement, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury has also announced the burn ban across the parish is lifted with immediate effect. Residents are urged to be careful when engaging in any outdoor burning activities.

SFM said that it is important to note that open burning is permitted in accordance with local ordinances. However, residents are reminded by the SFM that in Louisiana, only vegetation and regular yard waste such as leaves, tree branches, and grass clippings are permissible for burning. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality specifies that items such as plastic, synthetic materials, tires, rubber products, paints, chemicals, asphalt shingles, heavy oils, wire, newspaper, cardboard, or other paper products are not allowed to be burned. This also includes buildings and mobile homes.