Due to extremely dry conditions across Louisiana, and the Gulf Coast Region, Louisiana Fire Marshal Butch Browning has issued a statewide burn ban.

The ban will continue indefinitely until the emergency conditions due to severe drought, abnormal emergency responses and unusually dry weather subside.

Butch Browning LA State Fire Marshall official photo

Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government. The release states, violation of the fire marshal's burn ban could result in criminal and/or civil penalties.

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain joins Browning in issuing the case and desist order for private burning, but reports farmers who regularly conduct prescribed burning as a "generally accepted agriculture practice" will not be in violation of the burn ban.

KATC CHief Meteorologist Rob Perillo reported Thursday that Acadiana may not see much precipitation for another week.