Governor's Office Updates
With wildfires and ongoing drought conditions threatening the state, Gov. John Bel Edwards has conducted numerous Unified Command Group Meetings with state and local officials and is asking that Louisianans adhere to the statewide burn ban.
Louisiana Wildfires Food Assistance
Recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits may request Replacement SNAP benefits if they have lost food because of fires or a power outage of 24 hours or more. For more information, visit dcfs.la/replace. Affected residents who are not SNAP recipients can dial 211 to get information about resources and assistance in their area.
3 WAYS TO APPLY
There is no active DSNAP at this time. A federal declaration of emergency that provides for individual assistance must be issued for the wildfires to start that process.
For more information about Replacement SNAP, or to download the SNAP 38 Form, visit dcfs.la/wildfires or call LAHelpU at 1-888-524-3578.
FIRE & SMOKE MAP
Safety Tips During a Severe Heat Burn Ban
- No Open Flames: Do not light campfires, bonfires, or any open flames. Even small sparks can lead to a major fire.
- Discard Cigarettes Properly: Ensure that cigarettes are completely extinguished before discarding. Never toss them out of a vehicle or onto the ground.
- No Grilling Allowed: Due to the high risk, grilling is strictly prohibited during the burn ban. Any kind of open flame can quickly spread.
- Maintain Machinery: Ensure lawnmowers, chainsaws, and other equipment have a spark arrestor and are in good working condition.
- Secure Trailer Chains: Make sure chains on trailers don’t drag on the ground and spark.
- Avoid Parking on Dry Grass: Hot equipment or vehicle parts can ignite dry grass. Always be cautious where you park.
- Report Fires Immediately: If you spot a fire, report it immediately to local authorities. Early detection can save lives and property.
- Prepare Your Home: Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, porches, and decks. This prevents embers from igniting your home. Regularly water your plants and trees.
- Stay Updated: Regularly monitor local news and weather channels for updates on fire dangers and any changes in the burn ban status.
- Educate and Share: Make others aware of the fire safety guidelines. The more people are informed, the safer our communities will be.
***Grilling and any activity involving open flames are especially dangerous during severe heat and burn bans. Always prioritize community safety.***
The Louisiana State Fire Marshall and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture (LDAF) have issued a state-wide burn ban due to the drought and extreme heat conditions plaguing the state. With wildfires burning in parts of the state, Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency. Officials are warning the public that even normal activities can trigger a fire. Everyone is urged to be vigilant to help minimize potential fire risks.Read More...