During an emergency meeting Friday, the Pottawatomie County Board of County Commissioners approved a 14-day county burn ban, but with a continuing wildfire threat, Gov. Mary Fallin enacted a Governor's burn ban Friday for 53 counties in the state, including Pottawatomie County.

During an emergency meeting Friday, the Pottawatomie County Board of County Commissioners approved a 14-day county burn ban, but with a continuing wildfire threat, Gov. Mary Fallin enacted a Governor's burn ban Friday for 53 counties in the state, including Pottawatomie County.

The Governor's burn ban supersedes county-enacted bans, said Don Lynch, Shawnee/Pottawatomie County Emergency Management Director.

The Governor's ban places even more restrictions on outdoor activities in areas including road construction, welding and fireworks.

The county burn ban passed Friday after eight of Pottawatomie County's 14 fire departments agreed there should be a ban in place because of extreme weather and extraordinary fire danger. County bans are put in place for 14 days; the Governor's burn ban is also in effect for 14 days, which runs through Feb. 24.

The Governor's ban means it is unlawful for any person to set fire to any “forest, grass, woods, wild lands or marshes, or to build a bonfire or fire, or to burn or ignite fireworks, or to burn trash or other materials outdoors...”

As part of the Governor's burn ban guidelines, individuals are responsible for their own actions and the results of their activities.

While outdoor campfires or bonfires are prohibited in the Governor's ban, LPG and natural gas grills and charcoal-fired cooking outside in a grilling receptacle are permitted, provided the activity is conducted over a non-flammable surface and at least five feet from flammable vegetation; Coleman-type pressurized stoves are exempt. But the ban also reads that any fire resulting from grilling or use of one of the cookers or stoves is still considered an illegal fire.

The full text of the Governor's burn ban can be found at: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/