Ascension Parish officials say they are planning a new push to more tightly control where landowners may burn materials outdoors.

Officials say that establishing a new parish Adjudication Court in May and hiring code enforcement officers have combined to offer an opportunity to create such an ordinance because it can be more easily enforced now than in the past.

The possibility of enacting an ordinance to control outdoor burning has been discussed for several years, but has never been carried out for a variety of reasons.

Councilman Kent Schexnaydre  said he would like the council to prohibit outdoor burning in subdivisions with smaller lots but still allow it in less populated rural areas.

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