The DeSoto Parish Police Jury has laid down the law. After several weeks of extremely hot and dry weather, on Wednesday, July 26, these parish leaders have issued a ban on all outdoor burning for all of DeSoto Parish.

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Weather conditions show no sign of any relief in the near future so the Police Jury left the end date of the burn ban open ended, citing "until further notice."

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

According to the 10-day outlook from the Weather Channel, temperatures are only going to get hotter as we move into triple digit highs by the end of the weekend and continue through most of next week.

In fact, at the present, there is no increased chance of rain until possibly next Saturday, August 5th, but chances do improve from that on Monday, August 7, however it would take a substantial amount of rain to have any effect on the dry conditions we are currently experiencing, and there's no guarantee that the rain expected at that time will truly ever materialize.

Have Other Parishes Issued Burn Bans?

Only one other Louisiana parish, Vernon Parish, has issued a burn ban as of today, but as these conditions likely worsen without receiving adequate rainfall amounts in the area, one could reasonably expect other Northwest Louisiana parishes and East Texas counties to follow suit with burn bans of their own.  Shelby County in East Texas has already issued a burn ban.

To see an up-to-date map of Louisiana parish burn bans, go HERE to the website for the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

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