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OKLAHOMA CITY – Hoping to burn or cook out this weekend? You’re in luck.

Governor Mary Fallin has lifted the statewide governor’s burn ban for 33 Oklahoma counties effective immediately.

“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.”

Gov. Fallin said 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,” State Forester George Geissler said. “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 at this time.

County commissioner burn bans can change frequently.

Citizens are urged to check with local officials or visit the Oklahoma Forestry’s website to see if county burn bans have been enacted before doing any type of burning.