For the second time this year, Pottawatomie County commissioners have enacted a 30-day burn ban because of dry conditions and the continuing threat of dangerous wildfires.


For the second time this year, Pottawatomie County commissioners have enacted a 30-day burn ban because of dry conditions and the continuing threat of dangerous wildfires.
The ban became effective Thursday and is effect until March 19 unless commissioners choose to terminate the ban before that date.
With the resolution, it is unlawful for any person to set fire to any forest, grant, range, crop or other wildlands, or to build a camp fire or bon fire, or to burn trash or other materials that could cause a wildfire.
Enforcement of the resolution can be carried out by any law enforcement officer. Any person violating the resolution will face a misdemeanor charge subject to a $500 fine, imprisonment for no more than one year or both fine and imprisonment, the resolution shows.
Certain exceptions are in effect during the ban, including equipment related to road construction projects and oil field and landfill activities.
Shawnee/Pottawatomie County Emergency Management Don Lynch said using LPG and natural gas grills also are exceptions and charcoal-fired cooking in a grilling receptacle is permitted over a non-flammable surface at lease 5 feet from vegetation.
Nothing in the ban guidelines relieves an individual from responsibility for their actions. If use of a fire in contracting, welding, cooking or other purpose results in a wildfire, that person is responsible for immediate suppression of that fire and for any damages which might occur as a result.
Anyone with questions about the burn ban should contact their local fire department.
As of Monday, there are 17 Oklahoma counties under county-declared burn bans, including all counties adjacent to Pottawatomie County, including Lincoln County, Oklahoma County, Cleveland County and Seminole County.