OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Governor Brad Henry lifted the burn ban on Monday for most of Oklahoma, except for four counties on the
north-central part of the state.
Henry cited recent rainfall and the advice of agriculture experts who recommended the ban be modified.
Despite recent rains across the state, Henry says the state remains in the midst of the worst drought in state history and urged residents to use caution when burning outdoors.
The fire danger remains high in the four counties that will remain under the burn ban: Garfield, Grant, Pawnee and Osage.
Because of record drought conditions, Oklahoma has been under
some form of burn ban nine of the last 12 months. Henry instituted
the most recent ban in early August when dry, hot and windy
conditions fueled wildfires across the state.