Countywide Burn Bans continue to increase across Oklahoma


Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS), a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, reports that drought conditions in Oklahoma are continuing to intensify. A heat advisory has been issued for the majority of the state as triple digit temperatures approach record highs. Humidity is expected to drop below 20 percent and seasonal afternoon thunderstorms can be expected to develop throughout the state.

“With the trending weather conditions, fire activity is a prevailing concern,” said State Forester, George Geissler. “To reduce the risk of sparking a wildfire, we want to encourage the public to use good judgment and to avoid situations that can cause fire, even in areas not covered under a burn ban. Until we receive a significant rainfall, this situation can be expected to continue.”

County Commissioners have declared burn bans in 31 of the 77 Oklahoma counties. As Commissioners assess local conditions, consideration will be made for implementing additional countywide burn bans. For a list of all County Commissioner burn bans, each county’s limitations and the latest information visit www.forestry.ok.gov.