Governor Mary Fallin (R-OK) issued a burn ban this afternoon for 40 counties in the state of Oklahoma. Most of these counties are across the western portion of the state, along and west of Interstate 35. Many of these areas have not received measurable rainfall in months. The combination of extremely dry conditions, low humidity, high winds, and dormant vegetation has lead to a very high risk of rapidly spreading wildfires.
“We are asking all Oklahomans to take extra caution to prevent wildfires,” Governor Fallin said.
Gas and charcoal grilling is still allowed at this time as long as it is kept at least 5 feet from flammable vegetation. 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. The ban will remain in effect until February 16 unless Governor Fallin rescinds it early.
The counties included in the governor’s burn ban are Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cimarron, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Garvin, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Jefferson, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Logan, Love, Major, McClain, Murray, Noble, Oklahoma, Roger Mills, Stephens, Texas, Tillman, Washita, Woods and Woodward counties.
You can view the full news release from the governor’s office here.
Along with the Governor’s burn ban, county commissioner-issued burn bans remain in effect in Atoka, Coal, Pittsburg and Sequoyah counties. This list is frequently updated by county commissioners. For the most updated list visit http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-info.