OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin lifted the statewide burn ban Thursday that was in effect for 33 Oklahoma counties.
“With cooler temperatures and higher humidity we are seeing a lower occurrence of wildfire,” Fallin said. “These factors combined with recent precipitation across the state allow the ban to be lifted.”
Oklahomans are encouraged to remain cautious with campfires, debris burning, outdoor cooking, welding and other activities that include an open flame.
“Even with the rains we have received, drought conditions are still plaguing some counties”, said State Forester George Geissler. “Everyone should be weather aware and consider the conditions before they do any activity which could spark a wildfire.
Cimarron County remains under a county burn ban. County commissioner burn bans can change frequently. Citizens are urged to check with local officials or visit www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information to see if county burn bans have been enacted before doing any type of burning.
Calera Fire-Rescue said Thursday that the town would be issuing burn permits today as the cold front moves in.
Durant is also set to begin issuing the permits. Only leaves and brush may be burned in Durant City limits and the fire department will be checking the location of the person seeking a burn permit to make sure it is safe for outdoor burning.