Dry conditions prompt Livingston Parish to ban burning

Livingston Parish officials battling a blaze that has claimed two structures have enacted a parishwide burn ban because of dry conditions and high winds.

The ban was enacted at 4 p.m. Tuesday, said Mark Harrell, director of the parish’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

The ban is effective until further notice, Harrell said.

“We will not tolerate a burn,” Harrell said.

Four fire districts are fighting a fire on Wade Russell Road in Albany that has already claimed two structures, a home and shed, according to a statement from the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Firemen are close to having the fire under control, but high shifting winds are posing further threats, the statement says.

Parish officials spoke to the state Fire Marshal’s Office and local fire chiefs before enacting the ban, the statement says.