With the return of cooler temperatures and more rainfall, the Ardmore Fire Department has lifted a nearly two-month-long burn ban.
The City of Ardmore was placed under a burn ban on Aug. 13 in response to the over 100 degree temperatures combined with low amounts of rainfall, said Ardmore Fire Department Fire Marshall Tim Lee.
The conditions had caused a few controlled burns to get out of hand during that time and posed a fire hazard to citizens and firefighters.
“We’ve got quite a bit of rain so the conditions have improved,” Lee said. “90 degree temperatures went away so we thought it would be a good time to lift it.”
While outdoor burning such as grilling or the use of a chiminea is allowed, outdoor burning is generally prohibited in residential areas, Lee said. Citizens still must obtain a burning permit in order to be eligible to burn.
“If they live in a residential area we don’t let them burn their stuff in town,” Lee said. “The people that live in the right areas, if they’re zoned correctly, they’ll be able to do controlled burns and burn the brush that piles up. A lot of our guys out in the agriculture areas do a lot of burning.”
Lee said the fire department typically issues around 10 or 12 burn permits a month.
Throughout the duration of the burn ban, Lee said the citizens of Ardmore did a good job of complying with regulations. “Everybody did really good. We had no problems whatsoever,” he said.