Effective as of 6:00 a.m., Friday, October 16, the entire state of Louisiana is under a burn ban due to the extremely dry conditions within the state.

A cease and desist order has been issued for all private burning, and will only be allowed at the discretion of local fire department and local government, said a press release from State Fire Marshal, H. Butch Browning, and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner, Mike Strain.

The ongoing drought in Louisiana is responsible for the dry conditions we’ve been experiencing. We haven’t had rain since the month of September. According to KPLCTV, "a big rain maker may arrive for the middle of the end of next week."

Violation of the ban could result in criminal and/or civil penalties, and is set in place until further notice.