The Edmond Sun

February 6, 2014

City lifts burning restrictions

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Edmond fire officials have lifted the burning restrictions, giving residents the go ahead to pursue authorized burning, a fire official said.

Fire Prevention Chief Mike Barnes said the action means the Edmond Fire Department has reinstated all burning permits. Barnes said the restrictions were lifted due to recent precipitation and higher humidity readings.

Barnes urged citizens to be cautious when they burn because it is still relatively dry despite the recent snowfall.

On average, 13 inches of snow equals one inch of rain in the U.S., according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory. The ratio varies from two inches for sleet to nearly 50 inches for very dry, powdery snow under certain conditions.

According to information released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor, the Edmond area remains in abnormally dry conditions. Roughly the northwestern half of Logan County is experiencing moderate drought. Parts of additional counties in western Oklahoma and the Panhandle are now experiencing extreme drought.

The U.S. Drought Monitor releases updates each week. The information released Thursday was dated Feb. 4.



FOR MORE information on burning permits in the City of Edmond, visit edmondok.com or call the Edmond Fire Department at 216-7303.



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