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.