Parishwide Burn Ban Lifted  11/17/2023

President Mike Cooper has notified the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry that St. Tammany Parish is opting out of the statewide burn ban, with support from the local Fire Districts, effective Friday, November 17, 2023 at 8 a.m.

“Recent rainfall has decreased the potential fire risks, so with support of our Parish Fire Chiefs, I have opted out of the statewide burn ban,” said President Mike Cooper. “Until recently, our Parish’s fire potential and conditions were at a record high, causing extreme stress on firefighters, who are responsible for protecting life and property. I greatly appreciate our citizens’ patience and understanding through this burn ban.”

While burning is now allowed in most of unincorporated St. Tammany Parish, citizens are strongly encouraged to use caution when burning yard debris. Burning is not allowed within most municipalities.

According to Parish ordinances, the yard debris fire shall not be greater than eight feet in diameter and four feet in height, be in a container if closer than 50 feet from a structure, shall not be unattended and a water hose must be nearby.