WBR opts out of statewide burn ban

WEST BATON ROUGE– WBR Parish President Riley “PeeWee” Berthelot announced the parish has opted out of the statewide burn ban.

The burn ban will be lifted in West Baton Rouge, effective Oct. 19 at 8 a.m. Officials say after consultation with the WBR Parish Fire Department, residents may burn small incidental fires on their property.

West Baton Rouge joins Ascension, Tangipahoa, and Livingston Parishes as the local areas to opt out of the ban.

Officials recommend safety be a top priority, and any burning should be supervised.

Per Louisiana Revised Statute 33, Part III:1109, Outdoor burning (other than incidental burning) consists of trees, brush, grass, and other vegetable matter for land clearing and right-of-way maintenance operations if the following conditions are met: 

  • Winds away from town/city 
  •  At least 1000 ft from dwelling not located on property 
  •  Minimize dirt on the material being burned 
  •  Heavy oils, items containing natural or synthetic rubber, or any non-plant material which produces unreasonable amounts of smoke are prohibited
  •  Burning must be conducted between 8 am and 5 pm; 
  •  Burning must be controlled as to not cause a traffic hazard

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