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Jan 21, 2014 1:58 PM by Ian Auzenne

Fire marshal issues statewide burn advisory

The State Fire Marshal's Office has issued a statewide burn advisory.

Officials say windy conditions coupled with dry vegetation has led them to make this decision.

The State Fire Marshal's Office says that even though it stopped short of an outright burn ban, residents across Louisiana are urged to cease burning until the state sees a significant rain event. Even then, officials say, extra precaution should be used while burning.

"Our state has experienced an excessive number of out of control brush fires directly related to the intentional burning of trash and debris," said State Fire Marshal Butch Browning.

Browning adds that any burning that leads to the damage of property or poses a risk to humans, whether intentional or not, will result in criminal charges.

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