Burn ban in 12 Okla. counties

Ponca City Now - February 19, 2014 6:27 am

Outdoor burning is not advised this week.

The Oklahoma Forestry Services said it’s too dry and windy.

“We have had a few weeks of reprieve due to snowfall, but that has melted and things are definitely drying out,” said George Geissler, Oklahoma State Forester. “Stay alert for fire weather watches and Red Flag warnings as conditions warrant.”

A series of dry cold fronts are predicted to move through the state.

Low relative humidity combined with higher temperatures and gusty variable winds means fires can ignite easily and will spread quickly.

Currently there are 12 county burn bans in place:

1.Alfalfa

2.Blaine

3.Canadian

4.Creek

5.LeFlore

6.Okmulgee

7.Pittsburg,

8.Rogers

9.Wagoner

10.Grady

11.Jefferson

12. Tillman.

For the most updated list visit Oklahoma Forestry Services website.

“Safety of the firefighters and public is of the utmost concern and with this weather forecast one of the main threats for firefighters will be rapid spread of any fire start," said Geissler. “We would also ask that citizens report any new fires or suspicious smoke to the closest fire department.”

 

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