Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Rob Shadoin has signed a Declaration of Emergency banning fires of any kind, which could result in heavy fines.
Officials say this includes but is not limited to campfires, barbecue grills or using matches, lighters or any other device or instrument that is intended to ignite flames on all LDWF Wildlife Management areas (WMAs).
“Severe drought and extreme heat have caused more than 440 wildfires since August 1,” Shadoin said. “They continue to burn thousands of acres across the state.
“Conditions conducive for wildfires are expected to continue, putting at risk the life, safety and welfare of Louisiana’s citizens and fish and wildlife resources,” he continued.
This Declaration of Emergency is effective currently through October 5, unless otherwise rescinded or amended by LDWF or the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
Failure to abide is a Class 2 violation, which according to Louisiana RS 56:32, results in a $100 or more fine or imprisonment for not more than 60 days or both for first offense.
For the second offense, the fine shall be not less than $300, nor more than $500, and imprisonment for not less than 30 days nor more than 60 days.
For the third offense and all subsequent offenses, the fine shall be not less than $500 nor more than $750, and imprisonment for not less than 60 days nor more than 90 days, and forfeiture to the commission of anything seized in connection with the violation.