Tulsa County Commissioners have extended the burn ban in Tulsa for the fourth time. The burn ban will be effective immediately until August 6, 2012.
The resolution prohibits outdoor burning in the county including controlled burns and bonfires. This burn ban allows exceptions for outdoor grilling with electric or gas grills as long as the outdoor grilling is done over gravel, concrete, or another non-flammable surface. In addition, all operating grills should be attended by an adult who has direct access to a water hose. Local fire departments and fire districts were also given the flexibility to authorize exceptions to the burn ban on a case-by-case basis.
The penalty for violating the burn ban could be as much as a $500 fine or up to one year in prison.
On August 6, 2012, Tulsa County Commissioners will meet to assess the need for an extended burn ban. If significant rain fall occurs in Tulsa County, the ban may be lifted.