Gov. Henry Lifts Statewide Burn Ban
Oklahoma City — In light of recent rainfall, Gov. Brad Henry today lifted the burn ban for all 77 counties in the state, but he added that Oklahomans must remain vigilant guarding against the continued threat of fire.
“As a result of significant rainfall over the past few days, experts at the state Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry have evaluated the situation and believe we can now lift the statewide burn ban,” the Governor said.
“Although the outdoor burn ban is lifted, it is critical that Oklahomans remain vigilant in guarding against the threat of wildfires. If conditions warrant, we stand ready to reinstate the burn ban as needed.”
The Governor praised Oklahoma firefighters for their efforts combating the wildfires that have scorched hundreds of thousands of acres since last fall.
“The firefighters of our state have acted with true heroism,” he said.
“Their courage, tirelessness and hard work are an inspiration to us all.
All Oklahomans owe them a debt of gratitude for what they have done to save lives and property.”
Gov. Henry ordered the statewide burn ban in November of 2005.
The Cimarron County Commissioners are going to appeal the lift of the burn ban for Cimarron County and ask that it be re-instated. They caution each resident of the county to be extremely careful of their use of fire.
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