Ardmore burn ban in effect until further notice

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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - The City of Ardmore issued a burn ban until further notice due to the high temperatures and lack of rain.

The City of Ardmore issued a burn ban noticed on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.

Ardmore Firefighter Jason Woydziak said it’s typically this time of year where the department suggest the city issues a burn ban.

"It's not uncommon,” Woydziak said, “pretty much every year about this time we go into a burn ban and it usually goes into early fall depending how much rain we get."

Woydiak said open burns can quickly get out of hand, and for those who are granted an open burn permit are always under a close watch to see if they’re following the requirements on the permit.

"This really only affects the outline parts of town that have a little land where they're allowed to apply for a burn permit, and even at that when they do get their burn permit they are even under stringent conditions on what they can burn." Woydziak said.

Kevin Boatright, assistant city manager with the City of Ardmore said open burning are not allowed in neighborhoods, but residents are advised to be cautious of any fire hazards.

"You always have to be cognizant of what's going around your property, and a large percentage of residents and including myself have a wood privacy fences, those things are dry and it could get bad in a hurry,” said Boatright.

Woydziak said citizens can still use their barbecue grills, but it’s advice to be cautious about combustible surfaces nearby.