25 August 2003
Feeling the heat
It's not just me.
Outdoor burning has been banned in 33 Oklahoma counties. The weather station at Will Rogers World Airport reports a 9-inch almost 40 percent rain deficit for this year, and generally, the rest of the western half of the state is no better off.
A few exceptions are authorized: gas or charcoal grilling, organized fireworks displays where permitted by a municipality, and the disposal of wheat stubble. Otherwise, you can't have so much as a campfire in the counties where the ban is in effect.