For the first time in several weeks, the burn ban in Tulsa County is not extended. Area Emergency Manager Roger Joliffe says expectations are there will be half an inch or more of rain this week. And he says falling short of meeting fire department criteria is a contributing factor to the removal of the burn ban.
The county is still in the extreme drought category, and this afternoon conditions are right for a red flag fire warning. Joliffe says people still need to be very cautious and try to avoid outdoor burning if possible.
The governor lifts the burn ban issued by her office for Tulsa County and several other counties across the state, but you still can’t burn outdoors here. Tulsa County leaders, on advice of area fire department chiefs, are continuing the ban. Deputy Emergency Manager Jamie Ott says despite recent rains, it’s still too dry.
You may use charcoal, gas, and electric grills but only on non-flammable surfaces. The ban will be re-evaluated on Thursday.
Governor Mary Fallin today announced that exemptions have been added to the statewide burn ban, although the Governor’s Burn Ban continues to remain in effect. The decision was made in consultation with Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and based on existing wildfire fuel conditions and ongoing drought.
County Commissioners extended the burn ban in Tulsa County effective immediately until August 6, 2012, at which time Commissioners will consider an additional burn ban. The resolution prohibits outdoor burning in the county including controlled burns and bonfires.
Emergency management officials have been surveying area fire departments for the last several days. The results, along with the weather forecast determined that conditions were appropriate for a burn ban according to the guidelines for extreme fire dangers set out in state law.
We got some rain, but not enough. In fact, the USDA has now listed the southern half of Tulsa County as being in severe drought conditions.
Tulsa County leaders polled all the fire chiefs in the county and this morning voted to extend the Tulsa County Burn Ban.
There have been several, mostly small, grass fires in the area since the ban was implemented on July 6th. However, without significant rain, the fire officials were concerned about the possibility of a much larger fire.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of Oklahoma counties under a county burn ban is growing.
According to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture's website, 21 counties were under a ban as of late Monday.
Just before the Independence Day holiday, only two counties — Beaver and LeFlore — were under county burn bans. Since then, Tulsa County officials have issued a burn ban, and Comanche, McIntosh, Pittsburg and Wagoner are among the counties that joined the list this week.