Fallin lifts burn ban in 5 counties in western Oklahoma


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is lifting burning restrictions in five of the seven counties that were under a burn ban because of extreme fire conditions.

Fallin said Wednesday that she's removing bans in Beaver, Ellis, Harper, Woods and Woodward counties. Bans remain in place for Cimarron and Texas counties in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

The governor noted a recent fire in Cimarron County burned about 9 square miles (23 sq. kilometers) and shows the need to keep the ban in place in the region.

The ban at one point included 14 counties after wildfires scorched large areas of weste...

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