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Tulsa County Burn Ban In Effect Through July 16th

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Tulsa County Commissioners have passed a Burn Ban for Tulsa County through July 16th.

The reasons to issue the burn ban are simple.

"It's needed and in order to try and protect the homes and individuals that reside in those homes throughout the county," says Tulsa County Commissioners Chairman, John Smaligo. 

The Tulsa area hasn't had much rain and there is very little in the forecast. So, as of now in Tulsa County and several other counties you can't do anything that will require a spark.

"The vast majority of fires are started through accidents and negligence. So, simply throwing out that cigarette, it's just a terrible thing to do," says Tulsa Area Emergency Management, Roger Joliff. 

Last year, several homes and property were lost in Turley because someone wasn't paying attention to their equipment.

Joliff says, "it was caused by someone pulling a trailer down the street that a wheel had come off and caused sparks to start the fire if they had simply stopped and quit pulling that trailer it could have prevented just a massive loss of homes and property."

Emergency Management is asking everyone to use common sense, so fires don't happen again. During this ban you are allowed to us propane and electric grills on a concrete or gravel surface. No charcoal grills can be used during a burn ban. But if you are using a propane or electric grill emergency management still wants you to stay with the grill just in case.

"Have a plan. If that grill gets knocked over how are you going to put the fire out. Have a water whose ready and close by to put out a fire," says Joliff. 

Fire chiefs in all counties are always contacted before a burn ban is issued because they are the ones putting out the flames in this heat.

"If I ever let these guys get pushed over that line, not only can it put em out of commission for a while, you can potentially end a guys career that way," says Chief Dannie Whitehouse, Sapulpa Fire Department. 

Then each week the county commissioners will look at the area and see if it needs to be extended. If you do not follow the burn ban you could face a $500 fine. 


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