Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Burn Ban Issued for County

Sequoyah County Commissioners issued a burn ban on Wednesday due to the dry weather conditions.

A small amount of rain fell in some parts of Sequoyah County early Wednesday, but not enough to avoid the ban, said Steve Rutherford, Sequoyah County Emergency Management director. Sallisaw, officially, only received 1/10 of an inch, he said.

The ban makes it illegal to burn debris outdoors. Outdoor campfires or bonfires are prohibited. 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. Coleman-type pressurized stoves are exempt. However, any fire resulting from grilling or the use of one of these cookers or stoves is still an illegal fire.

Rutherford said the burn ban was issued for seven days, and will be reviewed by the county commissioners at their regular meeting on Monday.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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