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