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Burn ban in effect for Alfalfa County


Alfalfa County commissioners signed a slew of paperwork Monday morning at their meeting. Jay Hague, Stan Tucker, and Marvin Woodall kicked things off with routine items – meeting minutes from June 8, maintenance and operation warrants for payment, and blanket purchase orders. There were no road-crossing permits or monthly officer reports.

After signing off on the Court Clerk Records Management and Preservation monthly report, officials moved on to award six-month bids. In most cases, the lowest bid was accepted.

Next, a couple of agreements were approved – one for detention services by and between Sequoyah Enterprises and Alfalfa County, and the other between Alfalfa and Woods counties for maintaining addresses.

Lastly, commissioners signed a resolution to execute the agreement establishing the ACCO SIF (Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma Self Insured Fund) workman's compensation insurance for FY 2020-2021.

Before the meeting came to a close, Hague motioned to enact a state of emergency burn ban in Alfalfa County because of the recent outbreak of fires.

According to the resolution, it is unlawful for any person to set fire to any forest, grassland, crop, or any other wildlands. It is also unlawful to build a campfire, bonfire, or burn trash. The ban also includes fireworks for public or private use.

There are exceptions to the burn ban, though. Those are welding, cutting torch, or grinding when conducted over a non-flammable surface that is at least 10 feet by 10 feet; wind speeds must be less than 20 mph; and a fire watchman, other than the welder, must be posted at the site with pressurized water or a fire extinguisher.

For outdoor grilling, LPG and natural gas grills for outdoor grilling are permitted as long as it's conducted in a grilling receptacle. The grilling must be over a non-flammable surface and away from flammable vegetation.

This resolution can be enforced by any member of law enforcement statewide. Any person convicted of violating the resolution shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to a fine of not more than $500, or to be imprisoned for not more than one year, or both, the resolution states. The ban is in place indefinitely.


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