Tulsa County Extends Burn Ban Through Oct. 10

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

Area fire officials determined conditions were appropriate for continuing the burn ban according to the guidelines for extreme fire dangers under state law. All of Tulsa County is in Severe Drought, while over 50% is now in Extreme Drought. Tulsa County has only received 53% of its normal rainfall over the past 120 days.

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 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, October 10. Tulsa County has been under a burn ban since August 15. If extreme fire danger conditions persist, subsequent resolutions may be considered for passage.

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