The Bossier Parish Police Jury has laid down the law. Joining several areas of Caddo Parish, most East Texas counties and several areas of southwest Arkansas, a burn ban for all of Bossier Parish was issued late Friday, July 15, following a state of emergency declaration signed by the Bossier Parish Police Jury President Tom Salzer.

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According to Ian Snellgrove, director of the Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Bossier Parish fire chiefs called for the ban until conditions improve, and that the burn ban has been filed with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness according to state requirements.

Photo by Dawn Young and Rose Rivera
Photo by Dawn Young and Rose Rivera

According to the National Weather Service, the 10-day outlook forecasts below normal rainfall as well as likely above normal temperatures, all of which create dry ground and vegetative conditions.

These conditions will likely worsen if we do not receive adequate rainfall amounts in the area. This dryness along with any wind conditions will have a negative impact on Bossier Parish with an increased fire danger threat within the parish and surrounding area.

This ban will remain in effect until conditions improve.

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