The statewide burn ban will end this Thursday morning. That's the word from State Fire Marshal Butch Browning. The ban has been in effect since June 1 because of the extreme dry conditions.

Prior to the statewide ban, firefighters battled more than 300 fires across the state. More than 4 thousand acres of land were destroyed because of the dry conditions. Since the ban has been in place, the numbers of fires dropped off to about 150 and about 900 acres of land was damaged.

Browning says his office will closely monitor conditions in the case future bans might be needed. You are still encouraged to be extra careful if you do plan to burn outdoors. The lifting of the ban is subject to any parish or city regulations.