Oklahoma governor lifts burn ban following heavy rainfall

February 15, 2017 GMT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has cancelled a burn ban in she recently issued for 53 counties in Oklahoma.

Fallin cancelled the ban Wednesday at the recommendation of Oklahoma Forestry Services after an analysis of the impact of widespread rainfall in the affected counties.

Lifting of the governor’s ban does not affect county burn bans previously in place in nine Oklahoma counties. Those counties are Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Canadian, Coal, Haskell, Hughes, Oklahoma and Pittsburg counties.

Fallin says other counties can use weather conditions and the frequency of grass fires to decide if additional burn bans are needed.

State Forester George Geissler says the rainfall had a positive impact on branches, fallen trees and other forest fuels but that light grassy fuels could still dry out quickly and sustain grass fires.