32 counties have issued burned bans across the state of Oklahoma as of Tuesday, but Logan County is not one although county fire chiefs and emergency personnel are taking a look at the possibility.
“Just because we are not in a burn ban does not mean we are not responsible for our actions,” Logan County Emergency Management Director David Ball said.
On Monday, Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow issued a burn ban in effect for the city limits of Guthrie effective immediately and will continue until further notice.
The city ban includes any and all outdoor burning with the exception of gas grills only.
With Fourth of July weekend coming up officials believe, at this time, there will not be a burn ban issued for the county, but will evaluate the situation daily with the expected triple digit degrees returning to the state and county.
Guthrie received .06 of an inch of rain Tuesday morning and will have a chance for a shower Tuesday evening, but he forecast is calling for 106 degrees on both Wednesday and Thursday and 103 for Friday and Saturday.
“If people would take the time to get their home fire ready that would help if there was to be a large grass fire,” Ball said. “By that keep trees trimmed, gutters cleaned, no cedars close by, leaves picked up, and a hose with a sprinkler ready to go if needed.”
Here is what needs to happen for Logan County to issue a burn ban:
This means four conditions must exist:
1. Moderate, severe or extreme drought exists as determined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
2. No more than 1/2″ of precipitation is forecast for the next three days
3. Fire occurrence is greater than normal for the season and/or initial attack on a significant number of wildland fires has been unsuccessful due to extreme fire behavior
4. More than 20% of wildfires in the county have been caused by escaped debris burning or controlled burning activities
Logan County Commissioners must also document that a majority of the county’s municipal and certified rural departments agree that extreme fire danger exists.
Ball communicates with each fire department to gather this information to present to the Board of Commissioners.
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