Governor Mary Fallin announced Tuesday two exemptions to the statewide burn ban that continues to remain in effect.
Under the statewide burn ban, the two exemptions include:
1. Extreme Hardship – Upon written approval ( click here for form ) of the State Forester, individuals may be approved to conduct controlled burns on their property due to extreme hardship caused by unusual or extenuating circumstances while their county is under the governor's ban on outdoor burning. No exemptions will be granted for camp fires, normal burning of brush piles, accumulation of leaves in yards or brush piles in yards, or household trash. Each situation will be evaluated for need and may be granted in those cases where there are no other alternatives available.
2. Agricultural Burning – Upon written approval ( click here for form ) of their local fire chief, and submitting the completed form to Oklahoma Forestry Services, individuals may conduct controlled burning necessary for agriculture production. The burn must be part of the actual agriculture management operations and conducted within specific minimum guidelines.
Fallin released a short statement on her decision to add exemptions to the burn ban.
"I understand the length of this burn ban has made it difficult for some, particularly our agriculture producers," Fallin said. "Therefore, exemptions are being added to allow for the use of fire under very specific, controlled conditions. Existing exemptions, including those related to grilling, road construction, welding and oilfield operations, will remain in place."
Fallin said her decision to amend the burn ban comes after consultation with Oklahoma Forestry Services based on existing wildfire fuel conditions and drought.