By order of the Fire Chief’s Office, there is now a burn ban in effect for the city limits of Guthrie. This will go into effect immediately and will continue until further notice.
“After discussing the precipitation chances with the National Weather Service in Norman today, at noon, we have realized that even if we do get any rainfall overnight, it will be very minimal and will not do much to quell the dry conditions we are experiencing,” Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow said in a statement.
“I made the decision to go ahead and place the ban into effect today.”
This means that the discharge of all fireworks are now prohibited within the city limits of Guthrie, effective immediately. Also, all residential and public firework display permits are now considered null and void.
The burn ban includes any and all outdoor burning with the exception of gas grills only. All burn permits are now considered null and void and no new permits will be issued until the burn ban is lifted.
Any persons violating this ban can be subject to a $200 fine and up to 10 days in jail. Also, any and all fireworks will be confiscated from persons found discharging them during this ban.
Earlier this morning, Guthrie assisted the Deer Creek Fire Department with a grass fire that burned up 100 acres of land.
Guthrie is expecting temperatures to be in triple digits for perhaps the next seven days after enduring 11 days of 100 degree, or warmer days so far in June.
Guthrie has received 1.45 inches of rain this month. On average in the same time frame, Guthrie averages 4.46 inches in June.