Gov. Henry issues statewide burn ban

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Governor Brad Henry has issued a statewide burn ban, citing high winds, dry conditions and a series of recent wildfires.

Henry acted after reviewing weather data and fire conditions
with forestry officials of the Department of Agriculture.

Violation of the ban is a misdemeanor punishable by as much as a
$500 fine and one year in jail.

Under the executive order, outdoor burning is prohibited. Using
charcoal or gas grills is permissible, as is welding if tradesmen
follow state guidelines.

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