AMITE — With rain in the forecast, Tangipahoa Parish officials are rescinding the local burn ban.
On Monday, Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller issued a memorandum, authorizing the parish to “opt-out” of the statewide burn ban.
Miller said local fire chiefs agree that it will be safe for the parish to lift the order at this time.
“I reserve the right to reinstate the ban at a later date, if conditions warrant,” Miller said.
The ongoing drought conditions have made it increasingly difficult for controlling fires across the area. The state instituted a burn ban in August when the heat and lack of rain reached its peak.
Local leaders were able to rescind the burn ban on a parish-by-parish case this fall. Tangipahoa was briefly able to rescind the burn ban but had to reinstate it on Oct. 27.
Monday’s opt-out marks the first time in November 2023 that parish leaders have been able to rescind the burn ban.
Miller strongly urges citizens to not leave fires unattended. He also recommends that residents continue to use caution when burning and to keep a water source or fire extinguisher nearby.
Safe driving urged for holiday
BATON ROUGE — As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, countless individuals are eagerly preparing to hit the roads and reunite with loved ones. The American Automobile Association estimates over 49 million people will embark on journeys of 50 miles or more by car during this time.
With that in mind, Louisiana State Police will be actively patrolling state highways throughout the Thanksgiving holiday travel period.
Troopers will be on the lookout for aggressive and impaired drivers, as well as motorists who neglect to wear seat belts or secure their children in appropriate restraints.
Statistics from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission reveal the majority of fatalities on Louisiana roadways involve the 15 percent of vehicle occupants who choose not to wear seat belts (based on observational surveys), according to state police.
While not all crashes are survivable, wearing a seat belt remains the most effective measure individuals can take to minimize the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Louisiana law states that all occupants in the vehicle must utilize a seat belt and children must be properly restrained in the back seat in a safety child safety seat or booster seat appropriate for their age and size. Children who have outgrown a booster seat but are younger than 13 must be buckled up in the back seat, if one is available.
Remember: Click it or ticket, both day and night. The Click It or Ticket campaign began Nov. 18 and is a statewide enforcement campaign.
For the most up-to-date information on road conditions, including closures and construction, please visit www.511la.org or dial 511 from any phone within Louisiana. Additionally, a 511 Louisiana phone app is available for download, and motorists can sign up for traffic alerts from the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD).
State police encourage motorists who witness hazardous road conditions and/or reckless drivers to call LSP (577) and report the activity to the nearest Louisiana State Police troop location.
The Louisiana State Police extends warm wishes for a safe and joyous Thanksgiving holiday to all.