Oklahoma governor removes remaining counties from statewide burn ban

Gov. Mary Fallin lifts the burn ban on the remaining 33 counties in Oklahoma because of cooler temperatures and higher humidity.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: October 4, 2012 at 7:29 pm •  Published: October 5, 2012

The 33 remaining counties of Oklahoma were removed Thursday from a statewide burn ban.

“With cooler temperatures and higher humidity we are seeing a lower occurrence of wildfire,” Gov. Mary Fallin said. “These factors combined with recent precipitation across the state allow the ban to be lifted.”

The governor encouraged residents to remain cautious with campfires, debris burning, outdoor cooking, welding and other activities that include an open flame.

Caution still urged

State Forester George Geissler said that even with recent rains, drought conditions are still plaguing some counties.

“Everyone should be weather aware and consider the conditions before they do any activity which could spark a wildfire,” he said.

Cimarron County remains under a burn ban ordered by county commissioners.

Fallin issued a statewide burn ban Aug. 3. She removed 22 counties last week after rains fell across much of the state. She removed the other 22 counties the previous week.

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