Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Burn Ban Remains in Effect Due to Continued Wildfire Danger
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced that exemptions have been added to the statewide burn ban, although the Governor’s Burn Ban continues to remain in effect. The decision was made in consultation with Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and based on existing wildfire fuel conditions and ongoing drought.
“I understand the length of this burn ban has made it difficult for some, particularly our agriculture producers,” said Fallin. “Therefore, exemptions are being added to allow for the use of fire under very specific, controlled conditions. Existing exemptions, including those related to grilling, road construction, welding and oilfield operations, will remain in place.”
Under the amended burn ban, theadditional two exemptions added are:
“Conditions are being reviewed daily,” said State Forester George Geissler. “Though there have been slight improvements in pockets of the state, the extreme drought conditions persist and any fire that starts has the potential to burn very intensely.”
For more specifics related to the exemptions and the appropriate forms, visit www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-informationor call (580) 236-1021.
Oklahoma Forestry Services media contact: Michelle Finch-Walker, (580) 236-1021 or firstname.lastname@example.org