Burn Ban Continues Despite Heavy Rainfall

Saturday, April 21st 2018, 9:48 pm
By: News On 6

A slow and steady rainfall like the one we saw Saturday is ideal for bringing life back to burnt areas of western Oklahoma, but the Oklahoma Forestry Service says we are not out of trouble yet.

According to Fire Management Chief Mark Goeller, the heavy rain will allow moisture to soak into the ground with a low risk of erosion. But he warns that people still need to be aware of fire dangers in the coming weeks.

"That is problematic during a rainfall event like this is everybody starts to let their guard down and they think it's over. It's not over yet," said Goeller.

The Forestry Service estimates it would take several more weeks of rain to completely eliminate risks, from the two major wildfires Oklahoma has been facing. The burn ban will stay in effect in several counties through the weekend and will likely continue into the near future.