Tulsa County extends burn ban
Tulsa County Commissioners approved extending the burn ban again within Tulsa County for a period not to exceed 7 days.
Tulsa County is experiencing severe drought conditions, while the northern portion is now considered to be in the extreme drought category. Area fire officials determined conditions were appropriate for continuing the 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. 29. If extreme fire danger conditions persist, subsequent resolutions may be considered for passage.