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Ozone Alert declared, burn ban also in effect for parts of Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has issued the first Ozone Alert of the year.

Authorities say the summer heat combined with smog can be dangerous for some Oklahomans.

Conditions can be especially dangerous to children, the elderly and anyone with respiratory illnesses.

Experts say you should limit your time outdoors because certain conditions can cause the formation of ground level air pollution.

The high temperatures combined with emissions from cars, lawn mowers and even charcoal grills can all contribute to higher than normal levels of smog, which elevate ozone concerns.

The department recommends waiting until nightfall to refuel your vehicle, delay yard work with gas-powered devices and carpool to keep ozone levels down.

A burn ban is now in place during the ozone alert, affecting the following counties:

  • Canadian County
  • McClain County
  • Oklahoma County
  • Cleveland County
  • Grady County
  • Logan County
  • Pottawatomie County
  • Kingfisher County
  • Lincoln County
  • Tulsa County
  • Creek County
  • Okmulgee County
  • Wagoner County
  • Rogers County
  • Kay County
  • Noble County
  • Osage County
  • Pawnee County
  • Washington County
  • Muskogee County
  • Cherokee County
  • Adair County
  • Delaware County
  • Ottawa County
  • Craig County
  • Nowata County
  • Mayes County