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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

On Thursday evening, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury lifted the parish burn ban.

The decision came hours after the state fire marshal and agriculture secretary lifted the statewide burn ban.

"We've had quite a bit of rain in Calcasieu Parish this past week," said Dick Gremillion, director of the Calcasieu Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Gremillion said the rainfall helped to alleviate drought conditions enough to lift the ban.

So, what does this mean for outdoor burning?

"Legal types of outdoor burning are okay to do now," answered Gremillion. "Things like leaves and things around your yard are fine to go ahead and burn. There are some restrictions and those restrictions are on full time. For instance, you can't burn tires and household building materials."

Cameron Parish also lifted its burn ban, however Jeff Davis Parish officials kept their burn ban in place because parts of the parish did not receive adequate rainfall.

Officials say even with the recent rain, the area is not free of drought conditions just yet.

"We want to remind people that we are still in a severe drought situation," said Gremillion. "At some point, if it does stop raining, it'll be very dry again in a short period of time."

Residents who live in areas that are no longer under a burn ban are advised to use caution and common sense when conducting outdoor burning.

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