Oklahoma governor issues burn ban for 36 counties

Statewide emergency was also issued by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 5, 2014 at 10:08 pm •  Published: May 5, 2014

Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday declared a statewide emergency and issued a burn ban for counties in the western half of the state.

The statewide emergency was issued after a large wildfire started Sunday in Logan County and because of fires also reported near Altus, Jennings, Keystone Lake in Pawnee County, Seiling, Stillwater and Woodward.

The 36 counties included in the burn ban are:

Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Cimarron, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Lincoln, Logan, Major, McClain, Noble, Oklahoma, Payne, Pawnee, Roger Mills, Texas, Tillman, Washita, Woods and Woodward.

“I’m asking all Oklahomans to be vigilant and careful and to do their part to prevent fires,” Fallin said in a news release. “Anything that can be done to minimize fires will help to keep both our firefighters and the public safe.”

The governor’s burn ban makes it unlawful for any person to set fire to any forest, grass, woods, wildlands or marshes; to build a bonfire or fire; to burn or ignite fireworks; or to burn trash or other materials outdoors in any of the listed counties.

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