Claremore Daily Progress

September 28, 2012

Burn ban lifted for Rogers County

Salesha Wilken
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — Rogers County Commissioners removed the burn ban a week ago but for the ban to be officially lifted the Governor had to take action.

“Although the ban is lifted people need to remember to follow the statutes,” said Bob Anderson, Director of Emergency Management. 

Burning trash is an ongoing concern for local agencies, Anderson explained.

“It is illegal to burn certain materials including tires and people need to be aware of the law,” Anderson said.

The Department of Environmental Quality regulates the burning of trash.

Before burning people need to verify that the materials are allowed under the statutes, Anderson said.

Additionally controlled agricultural burns need to done under direct supervision and after approval from local fire departments or emergency management, according to Anderson.

“Those that are doing a controlled agricultural burn need to stay within their means, be prepared and notify local fire agencies,” Anderson said.

This includes have the proper means to extinguish a fire.

Due to recent rains, Governor Mary Fallin signed a proclamation removing 22 counties from the Governor’s Burn Ban, effective immediately. 

Thirty-three counties remain under a state-issued burn ban and another three counties are under county commissioner bans.

“The long term forecast shows continued drought conditions through much of the state where the ban remains in effect, but the risk of wildfire has lessened in several areas, allowing us to reduce the burn ban coverage,” said Fallin. “We are hopeful that rains will continue across the state to allow further reduction of the ban.”