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22 Oklahoma counties under burn bans

Anticipated high temperatures and low precipitation in Oklahoma prompted the bans by county governments.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: July 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm •  Published: July 10, 2012
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22 counties are under burn bans

Nearly two dozen Oklahoma counties are under a burn ban because of anticipated high temperatures and low precipitation in coming days and weeks.

Burn ban decisions are made on the county level and specific rules for each ban — and penalties for violating the bans — vary by county. Each is effective for no more than 30 days unless a new resolution is approved. Generally, a burn ban makes it unlawful for a person to set outdoor fires, including controlled burns and campfires. Before passing a burn ban resolution, county governments must declare the existence of extreme fire danger.

Extreme fire danger means:

• Drought conditions exist, as determined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration;

• No more than one-half inch of precipitation is forecast by the National Weather Service for the next three days;

• Fire occurrence is significantly greater than normal for the season, and/or initial attack on a significant number of wildland fires has been unsuccessful because of extreme fire behavior;

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