Tulsa County, others extend burn bans

TULSA - Tulsa County Commissioners have extended the county's burn ban an additional seven days.

Emergency management officials have surveyed area fire departments over the past several days, and the results, along with the weather forecast, determined that conditions were appropriate for a burn ban, according to the guidelines for extreme fire dangers set out in state law.

Commissioners have extended the burn ban to July 30. At that time, an additional burn ban could be considered unless significant rain fall occurs.

Under the ban, all outdoor burning is prohibited, including controlled burns and bonfires.

Outdoor grilling with electric or gas grills is allowed under the burn ban, with the stipulation that all outdoor grilling must be done over gravel, concrete or another non-flammable surface.

In addition, all operating grills should be attended by an adult who has direct access to a water hose.

Dozens of Oklahoma counties are currently under a burn ban, including Okmulgee, Osage, Nowata and Rogers.

To view a complete list, visit the Oklahoma Forestry Service at www.forestry.ok.gov .

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