OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Gov. Brad Henry, citing recent rainfall, announced Monday he is lifting the burn ban in all 77 counties, but cautioned Oklahomans to remain vigilant about the continuing threat of fire.
"As a result of significant rainfall over the past few days, experts at the state Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry have evaluated the situation and believe we can now lift the statewide burn ban," Henry said.
"Although the outdoor burn ban is lifted, it is critical that Oklahomans remain vigilant in guarding against the threat of wildfires. If conditions warrant, we stand ready to reinstate the burn ban as needed."
Henry praised Oklahoma firefighters for their efforts combating the wildfires that have scorched hundreds of thousands of acres since last fall.
The burn ban has been in effect since November of last year.