BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - Due to the current hot, dry conditions, a citywide burn ban is now in full effect for Bartlesville, according to an announcement made Wednesday.
According to the announcement, for the safety of Bartlesville’s citizens, their property and all first responders, Bartlesville Fire Chief Bob Hasbrook on Wednesday declared a burn ban within the city limits of Bartlesville.
The ban, effective immediately and to remain in effect until further notice, only applies to the city and does not affect areas outside of Bartlesville’s city limits.
According to the announcement, if the county issues a countywide burn ban, Bartlesville will then will fall under the county’s guidelines.
According to Hasbrook, the fire department will not be issuing any burn permits until the ban has been lifted. Any outdoor grilling will only be allowed with the use of propane and the grill must be surrounded by a minimum of 10 feet in diameter of hard, non-flammable surface. The same is true for the use of welders and cutting torches.
Under the ban, the use of charcoal is not be permitted, nor are trash fires, campfires or burnpit fires.
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