- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The State Fire Marshal’s Office stops short of ordering a statewide burn ban, but is urging all residents to exercise caution when setting outdoor fires.

In a statement Tuesday, State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning recommends residents delay burning debris until there’s been “significant precipitation” and even then, extra precaution is urged during windy conditions.

Browning says Louisiana has seen an excessive number of out of control brush fires directly related to the burning of trash and debris. He says those fires also have damaged or destroyed a number of structures containing valuable equipment that also was damaged or destroyed.

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