State Burn Ban Lifted For Some Eastern Oklahoma Counties

Monday, September 17th 2012, 3:33 pm
By: News On 6

Tulsa County is one of 22 counties removed from the Governor's statewide burn ban in place since August 3. Okmulgee, Creek, Ottawa and Delaware counties are also no longer under a burn ban.

The burn ban enacted by Tulsa County, however, remains in effect for at least the next week.  The Tulsa County commissioners voted Monday morning to extend the county burn ban at least until next Monday, when they'll decide again whether to extend it or let it expire.

Check the latest burn ban map here.

Governor Mary Fallin said the change on the state level is due to improving wildland fire conditions and comes at the request of the Oklahoma Forestry Services.

Oklahoma State Forester George Geissler said Oklahoma isn't out of the woods yet when it comes to wildfires.

"Though several counties are not covered by burn bans, conditions are still conducive to sustaining wildland fire," Geissler said in a news release. 

"I ask all Oklahomans to be very cautious with activities that could spark a wildfire such as grilling, campfires or any other outdoor burning."

9/3/2012 Related Story: State-Wide Burn Ban Continues For Oklahoma

If your county is still affected by a burn ban, you're prohibited from building a bonfire or campfire, lighting fireworks or burning trash and other materials outdoors. Gas and charcoal grilling are still permitted over a concrete or gravel surface at least five feet from flammable vegetation.

Fallin thanked Oklahomans and first responders for combating wildfires during the summer's long drought.

"With wildfires burning thousands of acres and hundreds of homes, this was a difficult summer for many families and businesses," Fallin said.

"My thanks go out to our first responders and firefighters, the many volunteers who worked to support their operations or offer help to friends and neighbors in-need, and all of our citizens for their vigilance in preventing wildfires and obeying state and county burn bans."

Counties still affected are: Adair, Alfalfa, Beaver, Blaine, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Cimarron, Comanche, Cotton, Craig, Custer, Ellis, Garfield, Garvin, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Haskell, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnston, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Latimer, LeFlore, Logan, Love, McIntosh, Major, Marshall, Mayes, Murray, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Osage, Pawnee, Payne, Pontotoc, Rogers, Sequoyah, Stephens, Texas, Tillman, Wagoner, Washington, Washita, Woods and Woodward Counties.

See a full list of burn ban guidelines.