Local & Regional
8:00 am
Sat March 19, 2011

Why No Burn Ban?

Undated – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The head of the Oklahoma Forestry Services says conditions aren't ripe enough for wildfires to justify a statewide burn ban.

State Forester George Geissler said the existing bans in some 30 counties are sufficient for the time being.

He said Friday that it doesn't look like the burn ban is needed, saying "it looks like the county ban is enough."

A spokesman says representatives of Gov. Mary Fallin's office have been in discussions with the Forestry Services about a possible statewide ban since last week's outbreak of wildfires that destroyed more than 30 homes.

The Forestry Services agency makes a recommendation to the governor's office when conditions have warranted a statewide burn ban.

In 2008, then-Gov. Brad Henry signed into law a bill allowing Boards of County Commissioners to enact their own county-wide bans for up to seven days.

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