On Thursday afternoon at 1:30 pm, an emergency meeting was held at the Collins building to address a burn ban for the county, following remarks at Monday morning’s regular County Commissioner meeting to address the dry weather and the likelihood for fast-moving fires now that fall is here.
All three County Commissioners unanimously agreed to institute a five-day burn ban for Creek County, which goes into effect immediately. Emergency Management Directory Covey Murray, said in the meeting that a small portion of the county is in severe drought conditions, while the rest is in the “moderate category.” He remarked that there have been three fires since Monday, September 20, 2021, in the Drumright/Olive area.
The Board and Murray reviewed the requirements that the county must meet for a burn ban, and District 1 Commissioner Newt Stephens confirmed, “we meet all today.”
Murray told the board that he was only requesting a five-day burn ban, but would re-evaluate on Monday. He said that he had contacted all the county fire departments, most of which agreed with the burn ban request.
A county burn ban means there are to be no open flames, such as burning brush or trash, or open-flame grilling. You can contact your local fire department to receive a permit for burning, but it has to. be approved by the fire marshal.