Questions Remain Over OK Controlled Ban, Personal Responsibility - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

Questions Remain Over OK Controlled Ban, Personal Responsibility

Posted: Updated:
The Department of Agriculture is taking the lead in the investigation of a wildfire in Logan County. The Department of Agriculture is taking the lead in the investigation of a wildfire in Logan County.
OKLAHOMA CITY -

The Department of Agriculture is taking the lead in the investigation of a wildfire in Logan County. We know there is no burn ban in Logan county. And a permit was not needed for a control burn.

"There is a lot of cedar there and that basically exploded," said Guthrie homeowner Mikael Murray.

Up in smoke has taken on a whole to meaning to homeowner Mikael Murray. Mikael was able to save to his home.

5/5/2014 Related Story: More Residents Evacuated As Logan Co. Grass Fire Rekindles

"This is our house and I didn't want to give it up and didn't want to leave it," said Murray.

With just a garden hose, buckets and a wet towel.

"I don't know how to explain it probably just stupidity and shock," said Murray.

All that effort for a fire that he feels started just around the corner.

"There's no probably, I wouldn't have done a burn," said Murray.

State Forester George Geissler watches over all the burn bans in the state. And he points out a lot of the time the decision to issue a burn ban is left up to the county commissioner who has to meet three of four criteria.

"We don't second guess the county commissioner. We don't know the county better than they do," said Murray.

And if there isn't a ban, Geissler hoped the red flag warnings and wind advisories were enough.

"All of that relies on common sense. People have to be aware that is taking place and they have to look at the conditions, am I able to contain this if it does get away," said Geissler.

And it's that risk that keeps Mikael from conducting his controlled burns.

"You're responsible for fire no matter what you're doing. If you cause a fire you are held to state statute," said Geissler.

"We don't do it very often and it scares me to death., this is why," said Murray.

Right now we do not know the exact point of origin. But investigators told us crews on the ground and in the sky are addressing the source right now. They expect the investigation to take two to three days.

And for the full list of criteria and current burn bans, click here.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Kingfisher Cheerleader Falls Violently Ill After High School Football Game

    Kingfisher Cheerleader Falls Violently Ill After High School Football Game

    Cordell teenager Tysen was diagnosed with not one but several rare diseases, Monday night. Cordell teenager Tysen was diagnosed with not one but several rare diseases, Monday night.
    An Oklahoma teenager is diagnosed with not one but several rare diseases.When she found out she was a cheerleader at Kingfisher High School and no one saw it coming. Sunday night 17 year old Tysen Hendricks got home from a trip to the Mayo Clinic, but just a few hours later ended up back in the hospital.More >>
    An Oklahoma teenager is diagnosed with not one but several rare diseases.When she found out she was a cheerleader at Kingfisher High School and no one saw it coming. Sunday night 17 year old Tysen Hendricks got home from a trip to the Mayo Clinic, but just a few hours later ended up back in the hospital.More >>
  • OSBI Investigating Disappearance Of Alva Man

    OSBI Investigating Disappearance Of Alva Man

    Travis Murrow texted his stepson last Sunday he was driving to Enid to pick up payment for a pickup truck he had recently sold. His family says he disappeared after that.Travis Murrow texted his stepson last Sunday he was driving to Enid to pick up payment for a pickup truck he had recently sold. His family says he disappeared after that.
    The OSBI and other authorities all over Northwest Oklahoma are looking into the disappearance of a 40-year-old Alva man.More >>
    The OSBI and other authorities all over Northwest Oklahoma are looking into the disappearance of a 40-year-old Alva man.More >>

Special Features

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

Radars

See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

Classifieds

Use our free classifieds to find the things you need or sell your items.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

ESP Interactive
Powered by WorldNow
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
OKLAHOMA CITY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Oklahoma City's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.