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January 27, 2014

Commissioners issue burn ban

CLAREMORE —

A burn ban was issued Monday for Rogers County by Commisioners due to high winds and drought conditions.
The ban will be in effect for one week, after which commissioners will revisit the issue, dependent on weather and drought conditions and determine whether to extend it.
In the past week, more than 1,000 acres have burned in county, according to Commissioner Kirt Thacker.
There were 11 different fires reported Sunday night, according to Rogers County Deputy David Book.
The commissioners voted unanimously Monday on the advice of Emergency Management Directory Scotty Stokes and Northwest Fire Chief David Puckett.
The ban includes all outdoor burning, excluding gas grills and outdoor welding where proper precautions are used. 
Puckett advised the board guidelines for outdoor welding could be found on the Oklahoma Department of Forestry website.
The largest grass fire torched 800 acres in western Rogers County near Inola.
The fire started when a down electrical line sparked, according to Thacker.
Mutual aid was provided to fight the fires as well as others throughout the weekend, according to Stokes. 
Smaller fires have been caused by charcoal grilling, according to Puckett.
Fire departments, across the county, have requested the ban, according to Stokes.

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