The Edmond Sun

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September 17, 2012

Gov. lifts Oklahoma Co. burn ban

EDMOND — Oklahoma County is no longer part of the statewide burn ban.

On Monday, Gov. Mary Fallin filed the amended executive proclamation for 55 counties. In central Oklahoma, Logan, Kingfisher and Canadian counties are among those that remain under the governor-declared burn ban. Oklahoma, Cleveland, Lincoln and Pottawatomie counties are among the counties in which the ban is no longer in effect.

Unlawful activities under the ban include campfires, bonfires, fireworks and setting fire to debris or trash, grass, woods or other materials outdoors.

For a complete list of activities allowed and prohibited view the guidelines for the Governor’s Burn Ban on www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information or call Oklahoma Forestry Services at 580-236-1021.

Information was not immediately available on if Oklahoma County would enact a county-level burn ban.

The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor map, released Sept. 11, showed most of Oklahoma was either experiencing extreme or exceptional drought, the two most severe levels. The map did not take into account the rains that fell in the days that followed. Maps are released on Thursdays.

Drought conditions were most severe in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

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