Governor says state burn ban will expire next week
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin says a state burn ban in 36 counties will be allowed to expire because of rainfall during the past week.
Fallin said Thursday that the ban she issued on May 5 will be allowed to expire next Wednesday.
The governor said in a release she doesn't expect to renew the burn ban for any county but said county commissioners should issue a ban for their county if they believe it is appropriate.
Many areas remain in extreme drought and all 77 county commissions have authority to declare countywide burn bans should conditions warrant.
Fallin says recent rains helped mitigate the danger of wildfires and bring good news for some farmers and ranchers and lakeside communities, but urges residents to remain vigilant against wildfire risks.
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