The Rogers County Board of County Commissioners approved another resolution during its regular board meeting Monday to continue the countywide burn ban.
The first burn ban was issued March 3, with this being the fourth declaration that an extreme fire danger exists in the county.
Rogers County Emergency Management Scotty Stokes told commissioners that the National Weather Service announced there is an elevated fire risk. Stokes then recommended the commissioners to continue the burn ban based on conversations with NWS.
“Tomorrow, there will be high gusts of wind after the front moves in. The humidity level will be on the edge and we do not have rain in the forecast for the next three to four days,” Stokes said.
Stokes said the majority of fire chiefs throughout the county were on board to continue the burn ban, with the exception of a small number to have it lifted.
District 1 Commissioner Dan DeLozier said he has been watching counties on the northern part of the state and the burning behaviors there.
“A lot are paying attention to the weather and not burning when it is windy,” DeLozier said.
Stokes said the burn ban exempts agricultural businesses from resolutions passed by the BOCC that declares a period of extreme fire danger as long as the agricultural business has a prescribed burn plan in place.
A prescribed burn plan means the agricultural business provides a “controlled” burn plan to their local fire department defining areas to be burned, the reason why, description of firebreaks to prevent fires from escaping, among other reasons defined by statute.
“They need to prepare in advance and get paperwork turned in to help them along with the process of planning a controlled burn,” Stokes added.
He emphasized how the burn ban has saved on manpower, equipment, and more.
“There is also a cost for them to fight these fires tirelessly.”
The commissioners will consider weather conditions and an update from Stokes to determine if the burn ban will continue.