Due to extremely dry conditions in certain Louisiana parishes, State Fire Marshal, H. Butch Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner, Mike Strain have issued a cease and desist order for all private burning. Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government.

This order is effective as of 3:00pm, September 18, 2013 and shall remain in effect until rescinded for the following Louisiana parishes: Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, DeSoto, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, LaSalle, Lincoln, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Union, Vernon, Webster, West Carroll, Winn.