STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin banned outdoor burning Friday as drought conditions continued to worsen throughout the state.
Oklahoma Forestry Services recommended the ban based an analysis of fire activity, wild land fuel conditions and the prospect the drought will not end soon. Fallin's burn ban superceeds all county burn bans in place and will remain in place until conditions improve.
"A statewide burn ban is now necessary to reduce the risk of preventable wildfires and to protect lives and property," Fallin said.
It is against the law to build campfires, bonfires, burn trash, grass, woods or other materials outdoors and use fireworks.
Charcoal and gas grills can be used outdoors as long as they are placed over a nonflammable surface and are at least five feet from flammable vegetation.