The LeFlore County Commissioners have extended the county-wide Burn Ban effective July 25, 2022. In their regular commissioner's meeting Monday, Commissioners Craig Olive, Derwin Gist, and Cody Covey voted unamimously to extend the burn ban.
Last week's rains, while up to four inches in some areas, were not significant to reduce fire danger throughout the county. Temperatures over 100 degrees were recorded in most of the county on all but five days of July to date. Lack of rain plus high temperatures make the threat of even controlled burning getting out of control.
The Burn Ban means that no outside burning, including fire pits, campfires, and brush/leaves is allowed in the area where the burn ban is current. LPG and natural gas grills and charcoal‐fired cooking outside in a grilling receptacle are permitted, provided that the activity is conducted over a non-‐flammable surface and at least five feet from flammable vegetation.
Counties in yellow on the map below are under county-wide burn bans.
The most recent drought map from mesonet.org shows most of Oklahoma is still in at least moderate drought conditions and a good portion of the state is in moderate to extreme drought.