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Governor Fallin Issues 45-county Burn Ban (Jul 14, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has issued an executive proclamation banning outdoor burning for 45 counties.

Fallin said Thursday that recent wildfires have strained state fire crews and their resources. Fallin says anything that can be done to minimize fires will keep firefighters and residents safe.

Oklahoma Forestry Services recommended the ban based upon an analysis of fire activity, wildland fuel conditions and the predicted continuation of drought conditions.

The ban covers counties in western and much of central Oklahoma, including Enid, Lawton, Woodward and the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Burn bans issued by commissioners in 18 counties not covered under the proclamation will remain in effect, while 14 counties aren't covered under either ban.

Unlawful activities under the ban include campfires, igniting fireworks and burning trash.

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