N.O. East Wildfire
Due to excessively hot and dry conditions in Louisiana, a statewide burn ban has been put into effect in order to prevent wildfires.
Parts of Louisiana, including New Orleans, are 20 inches below their average amount of annual rainfall.
LA Dept of Agriculture & Forestry reports that 4,508 acres have burned in August alone. Over 740 wildfires have burned so far this year. These fires have caused millions of dollars in damage to crops, woodlands, and people's homes.
Private burning of trash or vegetation is prohibited without a permit from your local fire department.
Grills, fire pits, and small campfires are still allowed for BRIEF recreational cooking, but not recommended.
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Grilling During Burn Ban
- Place grills on concrete, gravel, or dirt at least 5 feet away from any combustible materials such as grass or dead leaves.
- Gas grills are safer than charcoal or wood.
- Never leave a grill or fire unattended.
- Have a hose or bucket of water nearby for emergencies.
Campfires During Burn Ban
- Use a fire pit to contain the campfire, with at least 5 feet cleared around it on all sides.
- Keep the fire small, and place it at least 15 feet from tents, shrubs or trees.
- Keep any extra firewood upwind, far away from the fire.
- Make sure the fire is completely extinguished before leaving.
Equipment During Burn Ban
- Make sure all equipment and vehicles are properly maintained.
- Never use equipment that creates sparks near dry vegetation.
- Avoid driving on tall, dry grass.
- Be prepared to extinguish fires with water or a fire extinguisher.
Cigarettes During Burn Ban
- Never dispose of cigarette butts on the ground.
- Use an ashtray and make sure your cigarette is completely put out before throwing it away.
- Discard cigarettes in flame-resistant containers.
- Avoid smoking near dry