Burn ban now in effect in 47 OK counties

TULSA - Nearly four dozen Oklahoma counties have issued burn bans as dry, windy weather conditions continue to prevail across the state.

By state law, burn bans can be issued by the governor, or by individual counties. All of the current bans were issued by counties, according to the Oklahoma Forestry Service website .

The bans range from seven to as long as 30 days, and can be rescinded or extended by the counties depending on changing weather conditions.

The bans can vary slightly, but basically they prohibit all campfires, bonfires, open burning in fields, trash fires, or any other deliberate burning of "forest, grass, range, crop, or other wild lands."

The ban issued in Tulsa County does not directly prohibit outdoor cooking on LPG or natural gas grills; a check of the bans on other counties in the area yielded similar results.

Visit www.forestry.ok.gov for more details on burn bans in your specific area.

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