Burn ban lifted in St. Charles Parish, effective October 16

Published 1:05 pm Friday, October 15, 2021

HAHNVILLE – Effective Saturday, October 16, 2021, St. Charles Parish is lifting the burn ban, which has been in effect since Hurricane Ida.

Both Parish President Matthew Jewell and Sheriff Greg Champagne caution that unrestricted burning of materials in St. Charles Parish will not be allowed.

“This merely allows limited burning of small vegetative debris, per the St. Charles Parish Code of Ordinances, and does not permit the burning of any other materials,” said President Matthew Jewell.

“Absolutely no burning of construction materials or debris from buildings whatsoever,” added Sheriff Greg Champagne. “Anyone burning materials other than branches and limbs will be cited for violations of the ordinance,” said the Sheriff.

Additionally, the parish ordinance only allows a fire from within the property owner’s yard which are no larger than five feet in height and seven feet in diameter. It must be twenty-five feet away from adjacent property lines and must be attended at all times.

The full text of the ordinance can be found in Article III, Section 11-29 in the St. Charles Parish Code of Ordinances.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality prohibits the burning of:

  • Plastic and other synthetic materials
  • Tires and other rubber products
  • Paints, household and agricultural chemicals
  • Asphalt shingles, heavy oils, wire
  • Newspaper, cardboard and other paper products
  • Buildings and mobile homes