Governor removes 22 counties from burn ban

Posted on: 2:21 pm, September 17, 2012, by , updated on: 03:12pm, September 17, 2012

Oklahoma wildfires

OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Mary Fallin has removed 22 counties from a statewide Governor’s Burn Ban that has been in place since Aug. 3.

Fifty-five counties remain under a state-issued burn ban.

Is your county still under a burn ban? Check here.

Oklahoma Forestry Services requested the change in the Governor’s Burn Ban because of improving wildland fire conditions.

The Governor’s Burn Ban is now in effect for:

Adair Greer Muskogee
Alfalfa Harmon Noble
Beaver Harper Nowata
Blaine Haskell Osage
Bryan Jackson Pawnee
Caddo Jefferson Payne
Canadian Johnston Pontotoc
Carter Kay Rogers
Cherokee Kingfisher Sequoyah
Cimarron Kiowa Stephens
Comanche Latimer Texas
Cotton LeFlore Tillman
Craig Logan Wagoner
Custer Love Washington
Ellis McIntosh Washita
Garfield Major Woods
Garvin Marshall Woodward
Grady Mayes  
Grant Murray  

“With wildfires burning thousands of acres and hundreds of homes, this was a difficult summer for many families and businesses,” Gov. Fallin said. “However, challenging circumstances once again gave Oklahomans an opportunity to demonstrate why we are such a strong and resilient community. My thanks go out to our first responders and firefighters, the many volunteers who worked to support their operations or offer help to friends and neighbors in-need, and all of our citizens for their vigilance in preventing wildfires and obeying state and county burn bans.”

In the counties no longer covered by the Governor’s Burn Ban, citizens are urged to check with local officials or visit the Oklahoma Forestry website to see if county burn bans have been enacted before doing any type of burning.

“Though several counties are not covered by burn bans, conditions are still conducive to sustaining wildland fire,” George Geissler said, Oklahoma State Forester. “I ask all Oklahomans to be very cautious with activities that could spark a wildfire such as grilling, campfires or any other outdoor burning.”

Oklahoma Forestry Services asks you to report any suspicious smoke or fire to your nearest fire department immediately.