Gov. Mary Fallin lifts burn ban for 22 Oklahoma counties

Oklahoma County was among 22 counties that were removed from the statewide burn ban Monday in response to improving drought conditions and recent rains.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND mrolland@opubco.com Published: September 18, 2012

Gov. Mary Fallin removed 22 counties, including Oklahoma County, on Monday from a statewide burn ban that has been in place since Aug. 3.

Campfires, controlled burns and other outdoor fires are still prohibited in 55 counties in Oklahoma under the statewide ban.

The Tulsa County Commission approved a county-level burn ban on Monday after the county was released from the state ban.

“Though several counties are not covered by burn bans, conditions are still conducive to sustaining wildland fire,” state Forester George Geissler said in a prepared statement. “I ask all Oklahomans to be very cautious with activities that could spark a wildfire such as grilling, campfires or any other outdoor burning.”

Grilling on gas- and charcoal-fueled stoves is not prohibited under either state or county-level bans, but the outdoor cooking must take place in a grilling receptacle 5 feet from flammable vegetation.

Wildfires ravished parts of Oklahoma this summer, killing a woman in Norman and destroying or damaging more than 300 homes.

“With wildfires burning thousands of acres and hundreds of homes, this was a difficult summer for many families and businesses,” Fallin said in a statement. “However, challenging circumstances once again gave Oklahomans an opportunity to demonstrate why we are such a strong and resilient community. My thanks go out to our first responders and firefighters, the many volunteers who worked to support their operations or offer help to friends and neighbors in-need, and all of our citizens for their vigilance in preventing wildfires and obeying state and county burn bans.”

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