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Area Parishes Issue Burn Bans

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Extreme temperatures and dry conditions have led several northeast Louisiana parishes to issue burn bans.

At least nine parishes had such bans in place as of Monday.  Those include: Caldwell, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Union, and West Carroll.

The notices are temporary bans on the open-air burning of any trash, leaves, tree limbs, or debris.

Those who violate the ban are subject to monetary fines and possible jail time.  In Ouachita Parish, the penalty is a fine of up to $500 and up to 30 days in jail.

National Weather Service officials say excessive heat is expected to continue through Monday night.  Any relief from the high temps is not expected until Tuesday or Wednesday.  

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