Louisiana Wildfires in Sabine Parish Still Smoldering (Photos)
For quite some time now officials with multiple fire agencies have been working to get wildfires near the village of Florien under control.
The State Fire Marshal's Office is reporting that at this point there is some good as they do believe things are under control even though there are areas where flames are smoldering.
Extremely hot temperatures have plagued the state of Louisiana since July, and while we will end up with about 36 hours of somewhat cooler temperatures, the forecast calls for temperatures above 100 degrees again by the weekend.
Here is the information the State Fire Marshal's Office is reporting in terms of the damage in Louisiana:
Fourteen structures, including homes, have either been destroyed or damaged by fire.
Twenty vehicles have either been destroyed or damaged by fire.
Two thousand acres have burned in Sabine Parish.
Spokeswoman Ashley Rodrigue says their people have been helping South Sabine Fire Department Wards 1 and 2 with any kind of support they are asking for.
Rodrigue reminds everyone that the state of Louisiana is under a burn ban. The following is the order that was made by the state:
BATON ROUGE- Due to extremely dry conditions across the state and the concern for the safety of first responders in these dangerously high temperatures, State Fire Chief Dan Wallis along with Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain issued a ceasefire order and statewide waiver for all private fires, as per authority under R.S. 40:1602.
Private burning will only be allowed with permission from your local fire department or local government..This order comes into effect as of 5:00 p.m. m. as of August 7, 2023 and will remain valid until it is revoked.This ban will not apply to prescribed burns performed by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, persons trained and certified by the Department of agriculture and forestry, or those who perform prescribed burns as a “generally accepted agricultural practice” as defined by Louisiana law. to the Agricultural Law(R.S. 3:3601 et seq.).The use of BBQ grills, bonfires and small campfires for short and recreational purposes is allowed and is not affected by the burn ban.
Violation of this order from the Fire Chief could result in criminal and/or civil sanctions.
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