Because of recent rainfall, Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday lifted the Governor's burn ban for 53 counties in the state, but Pottawatomie County still has a county-enacted burn ban in effect through Feb. 24.

Because of recent rainfall, Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday lifted the Governor's burn ban for 53 counties in the state, but Pottawatomie County still has a county-enacted burn ban in effect through Feb. 24.

Last Thursday, Pottawatomie County Commissioners held an emergency meeting and voted to enact the county burn ban. When the Governor's burn ban went into effect Friday, it superseded the county ban.

With the Governor's ban now lifted, Shawnee/Pottawatomie County Emergency Management Director Don Lynch said residents are reminded that the Pottawatomie County burn ban remains in effect.

“The county ban is in effect until Feb. 24 or until the commissioners revoke it,” Lynch said.

The recent rainfall canceled the Governor’s burn ban at the recommendation of Oklahoma Forestry Services, but that agency also reminds residents that the removal of the Governor’s burn ban has no effect on any county burn bans that were in place.

“Individual counties can utilize more localized data, conditions and fire occurrence to decide if burn bans are called for on a county level,” Fallin said.

Lynch, who said the rainfall here helped some, said there is an increased fire danger with vegetation remaining dry and dormant. He said a spark can start a wildfire that could easily spread.

“Be careful with anything that could spark,” Lynch said.

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.