Governor Fallin Issues Outdoor Burn Ban For 45 Counties

Thursday, July 14th 2011, 4:04 pm
By: News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin has issued an executive proclamation banning outdoor burning for 45 counties in western and south-central Oklahoma on Thursday.

Oklahoma Forestry Services recommended the ban based on an analysis of fire activity, wildland fuel conditions and the predicted continued drought.

County Commissioner Burn Bans remain in effect in some counties not covered by the Governor's proclamation.

"The number of wildfires we have had over the last few months is extremely tough on our state firefighters," Fallin said. "It's a drain on their resources as well as a physical drain. Anything that can be done to minimize fires will help to keep both our firefighters and the public safe. I'm asking all Oklahomans to be vigilant and to do their part in preventing fires."

Unlawful activities under the ban include campfires, bonfires, and setting fire to any forest, grass, woods, wildlands or marshes, as well as igniting fireworks, burning trash or other materials outdoors.

As part of the Governors Burn Ban there are exemptions for a number of items such as welding and road construction.