The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the DEQ wants you to remember that it is illegal to burn household debris, even on your own property.  The DEQ says it’s illegal to burn solid wastes, household wastes, construction debris, household chemicals and oil even if it’s way back behind the house on your own private property.  Citizens are encouraged to spy for open fires like this and report them to local law enforcement and the DEQ at 1-888-763-5424 or visit the DEQ complaint website to make a complaint.

If you’re charged with illegal burning you may be fined up to $100,000, ten years in prison or both if your burning endangers other people’s lives or property.