Abnormallyhigh wildland fire dangerconditions are expected in Louisiana for the next few days.
“Weather forecasters have predicted temperatures in the 90s, low relative humidity and increased windsthat will makeconditions ripe for dangerous wildfires,” said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
Parishes currently under outdoor burning banorders include: Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Cameron, Catahoula, Claiborne, Desoto, Evangeline, Grant, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, LaSalle, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Point Coupee, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, St. Landry, Union, Vermilion, Vernon, Webster and Winn.
“Since there will be a lot of hunters and others enjoying the outdoors this weekend,residents who live in the wildland urbaninterface area shouldfollow common sense wildfire prevention tips,” Strain said.
- Clearexcessivevegetationand fuel such as pine needles and dry leavesat least 30 feetaway fromyour home and other structures.
- Avoid installing dry mulch-covered flowerbeds and gardensin direct contact with your home or other valuable outdoor structures.
- Avoidparking vehicles or equipment on dry grass.
- Re-fuelmachinery in areas void of vegetation.
- Practice extra caution when fire danger is high.
“In the event of a wildfire, LouisianaDepartment of Agriculture and Forestry(LDAF)wildland firefighting crews stand ready to take action,” Strain said. “Our surveillance planes fly routes daily looking for smoke from wildfires. Any fire outbreaks are immediately reported to ground crews. TheLDAFalso employs bulldozers to plowfirebreaks which help tocontain wildfires.”
The LDAF should be notified of any emergency involving wildfire, pesticides and animal health.
“The LDAF is the lead state agency for the detection and suppression of wildfires,” Strain said. “Call the LDAFimmediatelyif you suspect a wildfire is beginning to burn.The emergency hotline number is (855) 452-5323.”
The Fire Protection Branch within LDAF is dedicated to providing fire protection for Louisiana’s forestland owners. As the state’s lead agency charged with forest fire suppression, the office works closely with local, state, and federal partners to ensure life and property are protected from the threat of wildfires.