Jan 23, 2014 12:39 PM by AP
BASTROP, La. (AP) - The Morehouse Parish Police Jury has joined a growing number of parish governments in the region by issuing a burn ban due to dry conditions and long-range forecasts calling for little rainfall and high winds.
The Bastrop Daily Enterprise reports Police Jury president Terry Matthews issued the ban Thursday after talking with his colleagues and firefighters from throughout the parish.
Earlier this week, the Lincoln Parish and West Carroll Parish police juries also issued burn bans. On Monday, Louisiana Fire Marshall Butch Browning issued a statewide burn advisory.
Data from the National Weather Service shows that over the last 30 days, most of northeast Louisiana has received less than 50 percent of the normal average rainfall.