Gov. Mary Fallin lifted the statewide governor's burn ban Thursday, citing improved conditions as the reason for doing so. The burn ban has been in effect since Aug. 3. "With cooler temperatures and higher humidity we are seeing a lower occurrence of wildfire," Fallin said. "These factors, combined with recent precipitation across the state, allow the ban to be lifted."
Fallin previously lifted the ban for 22 counties on Sept. 28.
Ardmore has received nearly 1-1/2 inches of rain since Sept. 26, which is below the normal rainfall for this time of year. Ardmore has received 25.20 inches this year compared to the normal amount of rainfall of 28.85. There is a chance of rain accompanying a cold-front this weekend.
"We are still pretty behind on our annual rainfall," Paul Tucker, Carter County Emergency Management Officer, said. "So if you are going to burn, please use caution and notify the local fire departments. Also pay attention to the wind and other environmental factors."
Cimarron County, located in the panhandle, is the only county remaining under a burn ban.
Cimarron County Commissioners have a 30-day burn ban in place, which is expected to expire Nov. 1.