11-16-05 - All of Oklahoma is now under a statewide burn ban and local firefighters say it couldn't have come soon enough. Ardmore has been under a city wide burn ban for the past two weeks.
Firefighters here say with little rain this fall and low humidity in the air, huge grass fires are just a spark away from igniting.
That's what happened here in northwest Carter County by Baseline and County Line Road last night. Firefighters say a spark from an electrical pole out in a pasture started a wildfire that spread into Stephens County. It took them all night to finally get it under control. In all it burned 150 acres, and firefighters say with the way conditions are right now it could have been a whole lot worse.
Although the statewide burn ban is on, it does not include gas or charcoal grilling or campfires that have a noncombustible fire ring, but they have to be at least five feet away from grass or leaves.
So far this month 11,000 acres in Oklahoma have been burned due to grass fires. If you violate the burn ban you could have to spend a year in jail and pay up to a $500 fine.