At Monday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Commissioners agreed to enforce a 2-week burn ban on account of what they’re calling “moderate to severe drought conditions” in the county.
Covey Murray, Emergency Management spoke to the Board on Monday and spoke of the dangerous conditions. “We are not expecting more than a 1/10 inch of rain within the next three days, we would need 1/2 inch to not place the ban,” he said. Eleven of the county’s Fire Chiefs are in favor of the ban, including those in Sapulpa and Bristow, according to District 3 Commissioner Jarrod Whitehouse. “[He] is in favor of the Ban, I spoke with him over the weekend,” Whitehouse said.
Murray told the board that fires were fought in Kellyville, Kiefer, Slick, and Mounds over the weekend, and Assistant District Attorney Andrew Goforth told the board that the county currently meets all the requirements of a burn ban. The vote was unanimously approved.
The burn ban includes grilling outdoors or the use of brush fires. The ban may be repealed if we get enough rain, but current weather reports are not expecting rain for at least another week.