Tulsa County commissioners approve burn ban


Source: Tulsa County government

Tulsa County Commissioners approved a resolution declaring a burn ban within Tulsa County for a period not to exceed seven days. 

The ban comes after persistent drought in the region, which was not improved by recent rains. Area fire officials determined conditions were appropriate for a burn ban according to the guidelines for extreme fire dangers under state law.

The burn ban prohibits outdoor burning, including controlled burns, bonfires, fire pits, and chimineas. Grilling and welding over a non-flammable surface are permitted. Exemptions for agricultural burning must be obtained through area fire districts. 

Enforcement of the resolution can be carried out by any law enforcement officer in the state of Oklahoma. Anyone convicted of violating the resolution will be subject to a $500 fine, or prison not to exceed a year, or both. Fine amounts may be higher in municipalities.

The burn ban will remain in effect until noon on Monday, Aug. 15. If extreme fire danger conditions persist, subsequent resolutions may be considered for passage.

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