It looks like our burn ban is over, at least the statewide ban. Louisiana is a wet state and the drought conditions over the past several months motivated the state to impose a state-wide burn ban. The recent rains put an end to that ban. I'm heartened that as soon as the rains came, the state promptly lifted the ban.
I'm a fan of burn bans, first encountering them when I was spending time in Texas. The counties over there would impose local burn bans, and that seemed to me to make a lot of sense. There are times when outdoor burning is dangerous to neighboring property and at those times a ban makes sense. Like most liberty-loving Americans, I don't want the government to tell me what I can and cannot do, but I also don't want my idiot neighbors burning my property accidentally.
I do think that burn bans are best handled by local officials, simply because rain is a local event. This is a case that local government can handle much more effectively than larger government. But, in the meantime, our statewide burn ban is over. More rain expected, along with cooler temperatures.