Only Four Oklahoma Counties Remain Under Burn Ban

Monday, October 16th 2006, 2:06 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Governor Brad Henry Monday lifted the burn ban for most of Oklahoma, except for four counties on the north-central part of the state.

Henry cited recent rainfall and the advice of agriculture experts who recommended the ban be modified.

Despite recent rains across the state, Henry says the state remains in the midst of the worst drought in state history and urged residents to use caution when burning outdoors.

The fire danger remains high in the four counties that will remain under the burn ban: Garfield, Grant, Pawnee and Osage.

Because of record drought conditions, Oklahoma has been under some form of burn ban nine of the last 12 months. Henry instituted the most recent ban in early August when dry, hot and windy conditions fueled wildfires across the state.