CREEK COUNTY, Okla. - The Creek County Board of County Commissioners has issued a burn ban, effective immediately.
The ban declares it is unlawful for any person to set fires, build a campfire or to burn trash and other material that may cause wild lands fire.
The burn ban comes at a time when Creek County firefighters are battling grass fires on almost a daily basis.
"For the last few weeks we have dealt with high heat, low humidity and a lot of grass fires out in this area," said Drumright Fire Chief Wade Guyer.
Guyer said the biggest fire his department has fought this year was one that broke out last week near Highway 33 and 91st Street.
"I believe we were out there two to three days, going back out and fighting a lot of areas that would rekindle on us," said Guyer.
Drumright's fire department was actually assisting the all-volunteer Freedom Hill Fire Department with the blaze.
Freedom Hill's assistant fire chief, Michael Dunbar, said area firefighters are used to battling grass fires in the summer, but not this early.
"Usually it's more like August and September," said Dunbar. "We've had such little rain in June and May and then coming into July the triple digit temperatures hit a lot earlier than they normally do, so everything is just parched right now."
LPG grills, natural gas grills and charcoal grilling receptacles are permitted provided that the activity is conducted over a non-flammable surface and at least five feet from flammable vegetation, according to Creek County documents.
"We really need people to be careful and not do any outdoor burning because right now it is just so dry and so hot that it can get away from them so fast," said Dunbar.
Violators face a misdemeanor and are subject to a $500 fine and one year in prison.
Other burn bans were issued for Adair, Blaine, Beaver, LeFlore and Sequoyah counties.