OK Burn Ban Back For Some; Texas Sticks With It

3-27-06 - Governor Brad Henry is reinstating a burn ban for most of Oklahoma after grass fires broke out over the weekend. Henry lifted the ban a week ago after rain and snowstorms moved through the state. A governor's spokesman says the burn ban will be reinstated for all counties except for Pittsburg, Latimer, Leflore, McCurtain, Choctaw, Pushmataha, Bryan, Atoka, Coal, and Marshall counties.

Local Texas counties in the area are still lifted of the burn ban. Cooke, Grayson, Fannin, and Lamar Counties have been freed from the ban, but it is a different situation for some Oklahoma counties.

A fire in southern Oklahoma near Turner Falls in Murray County forced the closing of a portion of Highway 77 for about five hours. Fires around Blanchard burned dozens of acres and forced the temporary closure of a highway near Bristow in northeastern Oklahoma.

Blanchard Fire Chief Marc Anderson says his volunteer fire department responded to at least three fires including one that scorched about 110 acres. State Highway 92 in Grady County was closed for about an hour because of the fire. And Interstate 44 was closed near Bristow for about 30 minutes because of a fire.