Tulsa County Commissioners adopted a burn ban today that is effective for the next seven days.
The ban ends March 3, at which time commissioners will consider extending the ban.
This burn ban allows exceptions for outdoor grilling with electric or gas grills with the stipulation that all outdoor grilling must be 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 source.
The Tulsa Fire Department said Tulsa does not have much rural land and is well covered with fire hydrants.
"But with the conditions today, they can get away from us in just a few minutes, so we've joined the burn ban," May said.
Glenpool firefighters said the ban helps them control the amount of burning that happens in their coverage area.
Violating a burn ban is punishable by up to a year in jail and $500 in fines.
Other counties with burn bans include Craig, Creek, LeFlore, Okmulgee, Pittsburg, Rogers, Sequoyah and Wagoner.
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