Burn bans issued in 11 counties, Oklahoma City

Published: January 21, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials in 11 Oklahoma counties and in Oklahoma City have issued burn bans due to the danger of wildfires.

Oklahoma Forestry Services says the highest fire danger on Tuesday is roughly west of a line from Beckham County to Alfalfa County in the northwestern corner of the state. The agency says dry conditions combined with low humidity from the single digits to about 20 percent and south-southwesterly winds of 10-15 miles per hour and gusts of 20 miles per hour contribute to the danger of wildfires.

The burn ban in Oklahoma City prohibits all outdoor burning except for cooking in gas and charcoal grills and in smokers. Countywide burn bans are in place for Blaine, Canadian, Cotton, Grady, Jefferson, Latimer, McIntosh, Payne, Pittsburg, Stephens and Tillman counties.