McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

January 27, 2014

Commissioners extend burn ban

By MJ Brickey
Digital editor

McALESTER — The burn ban for Pittsburg County has been extended another seven days by Pittsburg County Commissioners Monday morning at the regularly scheduled Pittsburg County Commissioner’s meeting.

District 2 Commissioner Kevin Smith said Indianola Volunteer Fire Department and the No. 9 Volunteer Fire Department requested the commissioners extend the ban.

Smith said out of the county’s 28 fire departments 26 voted to extend the burn ban, Krebs said no to the ban and Sam’s Point did not respond to he poll.

The ban on burning prohibits burning trash or building a bonfire or campfire, or burning other material that may cause a forest, grass, range, crop or other wildlands fire.

However, Smith said, the ban excludes outside grilling and some forestry activities.

District 3 Commissioner Trent Myers reminded that there is also an exclusion written into the ban for McAlester Fire Department to allow a “live fire burning exercise.”

Anyone convicted of violating the ban faces a possible penalty of up to a year in jail, a fine of not more than $500, or both.

The Pittsburg County commissioners meet Mondays at 9 a.m. in the commissioner’s conference room at the Pittsburg County Courthouse. The meetings are open to the public.