April 11, 2011
TULSA, OKLA. – County Commissioners passed a resolution today extending the burn ban in Tulsa County for the next seven days. The resolution prohibits outdoor burning in the county including controlled burns and bonfires. Exceptions to this burn ban were included for outdoor grilling with natural gas, propane or electric grills. Charcoal grilling is still prohibited.
Additionally, the Board of County Commissioners granted permission to fire departments in Tulsa County to approve exceptions to this burn ban on a case by case basis with appropriate precautions. Those seeking an exception should call their local fire department or fire protection district.
Emergency management officials have continued surveying area fire departments since the burn ban was first issued on April 4. Since there has been no significant rain fall over the past seven days, conditions still exist for extreme fire danger.
“We believe that the survey of the fire chiefs has demonstrated that the burn ban needs to be continued. At the same time, reasonable exceptions are in order under the circumstances. We believe this resolution meets both objectives of preventing grass and other types of fires while providing a procedure for exceptions,” said Fred Perry, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.
Penalties for those found liable for starting a fire include up to $500 in fines and/or up to one year imprisonment.
Next Monday, Tulsa County Commissioners will meet to assess the need for another seven-day burn ban. If significant rain fall occurs in Tulsa County, the ban may be lifted.