Friday, September 28, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY – Due to recent rains, Governor Mary Fallin signed a proclamation removing 22 counties from the Governor’s Burn Ban, effective immediately. Thirty-three counties remain under a state-issued burn ban and another three counties are under county commissioner bans.
“The long term forecast shows continued drought conditions through much of the state where the ban remains in effect, but the risk of wildfire has lessened in several areas, allowing us to reduce the burn ban coverage,” said Fallin. “We are hopeful that rains will continue across the state to allow further reduction of the ban.”
Counties to remain under the Governor proclaimed burn ban are: Beaver,Bryan, Carter, Cimarron, Comanche, Cotton, Ellis, Garfield, Garvin, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Haskell, Jackson, Jefferson, Kay, Kiowa, Latimer, Le Flore, Love, Marshall, Murray, Noble, Osage, Pawnee, Payne, Pontotoc, Stephens, Texas, Tillman, Washita, Woods and Woodward. County Commissioner burn bans are in effect in some counties. For the most updated map visit www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-informationas county burn bans can change frequently.
Gas and charcoal grilling is allowed under the ban provided that it is over a nonflammable surface and at least five feet from flammable vegetation. Unlawful activities under the ban include open flames, campfires, bonfires, and setting fire to trash, grass, woods or other materials outdoors.
“With the cooler fall temperatures and more people enjoying time outdoors there is a greater risk for wildfires by activities such as campfires, even in those counties where they are not banned,” said George Geissler, Oklahoma State Forester.
As part of the Governor Burn Ban there are exemptions for a number of items such as welding and road construction. For a list of all exemptions visit www.forestry.ok.gov.