The Woodward News

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August 4, 2012

Oklahoma under a burn ban

Woodward, Okla. — By Gary Engel

Staff Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY - Due to the persistent drought-like conditions. Gov. Mary Fallin has issued a statewide burn ban.

Woodward City-County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer said the Governor's executive order stays in place until another one is issued to cancel it.

"This ban may last 4 to 6 weeks because of the conditions," he said.

Lehenbauer said county fire chiefs he's spoken with are in favor of the ban, especially as resources have been stressed with several recent large grass fires across the state.

As firefighters around the state are "extremely busy," Lehenbauer said  he is hopeful issuance of the ban will remind citizens to be careful with fires - mostly by not lighting them.

Under the ban, outdoor burning is prohibited, although some exceptions are allowed under certain conditions.

He said the top concern fire crews and the public has are with outdoor cooking practices.

"Charcoal or gas (grills) may be used, on a nonflammable surface," he said. "The flames must be at least 5 feet away from flammable vegetation."

But campfires are prohibited, Lehenbauer added.

CAUTION REQUIRED WITH WELDING-RELATED ITEMS

Welding, cutting torches and grinders may also still be used as long as it is on a non-combustible surface at least 10 feet in diameter and welding blankets or screens are used to cover flammable vegetation.  There must also be a pressurized water source or fire extinguisher at hand, as well as someone to serve as an observer to watch for wayward sparks.

Along a related line, Lehenbauer said those pulling trailers should be aware of sparks that may be caused by a tow chain dragging on the pavement, which can cause sparking and a "rolling grass fire" of flames caused to roadside grass while a vehicle is moving.

And cigarettes should not be thrown from vehicles, he said.

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