State burn ban finally lifted
POSTED: Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 4:46pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 6:24pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The state wide burn ban was finally been lifted this morning after being placed over two months ago.
State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says the ban was extremely effective in preventing wildfires. From the time the order was issued until now, the average of fires in the state decreased by half. He credits that to the cooperation of everyone here in Louisiana.
Browning says his department will continue to monitor the conditions and a future ban might be needed.
"These extremely dangerous conditions placed the public and Firefighters in harm's way,” he said. “I believe this proactive step to ban burning saved lives and people's property, we will be closely monitoring conditions in the case future bans might be needed."