Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

October 4, 2012

Governor lifts burn ban here

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — A ban on outdoor burning in place for more than two months now has been lifted for nearly three dozen Oklahoma counties with Garvin County being one of them. On Thursday it was announced Gov. Mary Fallin had signed an executive proclamation lifting the ban for 33 Oklahoma counties effective immediately. For areas like Garvin County the ban in place since late July may be gone for now, but those planning on doing any burn related activities outside are urged to use extra caution. “As of right now we don’t have one,” said Bud Ramming, Garvin County emergency management director. “We don’t have a burn ban here in Garvin County.” The only measure still in place is a county burn ban in effect for Cimarron County in the Oklahoma panhandle. Ramming stresses the fire danger is still out there despite the lifting of the ban here. “We’ve had a number of farmers contact us about getting their agricultural burnings done. I’m hoping they can get that done over the weekend,” he said. “We’ll see how it goes this weekend. If everybody uses common sense and keep the fires to a minimum then we’ll probably continue to keep from having a burn ban. “We’ll monitor the drought conditions, any moisture coming in and the fire danger levels.” Anyone planning to conduct a large controlled burn first are asked to contact their local fire department before starting.

More on the ban being lifted will be the weekend edition of the PV Democrat.