With rain in the forecast, Tangipahoa Parish officials are rescinding the local burn ban.
On Monday, Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller issued a memorandum, authorizing the parish to “opt-out” of the statewide burn ban.
Miller said local fire chiefs agree that it will be safe for the parish to lift the order at this time.
“I reserve the right to reinstate the ban at a later date, if conditions warrant,” Miller said.
The ongoing “drought conditions” have made it increasingly difficult for controlling fires across our area. The state instituted a burn ban in August when the heat and lack of rain reached its peak. Local leaders were able to rescind the burn ban on a parish-by-parish case this fall. Tangipahoa was briefly able to rescind the burn ban but had to reinstate it on October 27.
Today’s “opt out” marks the first time in November 2023 that parish leaders have been able to rescind the burn ban.
Miller strongly urges citizens to not leave fires unattended. He also recommends that residents continue to use caution when burning and to keep a water source or fire extinguisher nearby.