Friday, April 19, 2024
Friday, April 19, 2024

Lafayette Parish Fire Chiefs Decide to NOT Opt out of the SFM Burn Ban

LAFAYETTE, LA – Fire Chiefs from Lafayette, Broussard, Carencro, Duson, Milton, Judice, Scott, and Youngsville met this morning to discuss the State Fire Marshal’s modified Statewide Burn Ban. The Statewide Burn Ban was modified to allow local jurisdiction to opt out of the active order issued on August 25, 2023, which prohibits all private burning, with no limitations.

All Lafayette parish fire chiefs have decided to NOT opt out of the Statewide Burn Ban at this time. Lafayette parish fire chiefs will continue to follow the orders of the State Fire Marshal until further notice.

As a reminder, where the statewide burn ban remains in effect, the use of open flames in fire pits, campfires, barrels, bonfires, burn piles, and like open burning is still prohibited.

In addition, it is still recommended for outdoor cooking to be conducted with safety measures in place, including using contained cooking equipment like grills and smokers, designed for cooking purposes only, on a flame-resistant surface with a water source or fire extinguisher nearby. It is also still recommended to avoid activities on or near dry grass where a spark from that activity, like smoking, mowing and/or yard work, could cause a fire that could spread quickly.

The status of this burn ban order will continue to be reconsidered on a weekly basis.

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