Comanche County Issues Burn Ban, Cities Cancel Fireworks Displays

Monday, June 27th 2011, 1:21 pm
By: News 9

LAWTON, Oklahoma -- The Comanche County Board of Commissioners has issued a 30-day burn ban, just days after a massive wildfire near Lawton burned more than 4,000 acres and sparked the evacuation of 1,500 residents.

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The commissioners issued the burn ban Monday due to extreme drought conditions and wildfire danger. The ban means absolutely no fireworks, including public displays. Cities in the county have agreed to cancel Fourth of July fireworks displays because of the extreme fire danger.  Comanche County Public Information Officer Chris Killmer says Fort Sill has agreed to forgo the large fireworks display during its annual Independence Day concert.

The burn ban also means no campfires or bonfires are allowed.

See all Oklahoma counties that have issued burn bans

There are some exceptions to the burn ban:

  • Construction projects using propane or other controlled-type burners need to have a water pumper on standby anytime the equipment is used near a grassy right of way.
  • Welding, cutting torch or grinding activities for business are allowed, provided they are conducted over a non-combustible surface at least 10 feet wide and welding blankets or screens are used to cover the flammable vegetation; and 1) Wind speeds must be less than 20mph and 2) A fire watcher, other than the welder, is present at the site with a pressurized water or fire extinguisher.
  • LPG, natural gas and charcoal outdoor cooking in a grilling receptacle are permitted provided the activity is conducted over a non-flammable surface AND at least five (5) feet from flammable vegetation.

Anyone who violates the burn ban could be charged with a misdemeanor and sentenced up to one year in jail, or fined $1,000.

See county guidelines for issuing burn bans