Warr Acres Municipal Code 8.16.350 prohibits open burning unless a pre-burn site inspection is conducted by the Fire Chief and a burn permit has been issued by the City. To inquire about a burn permit contact the Fire Chief.
A burn ban is a necessary safety to prevent large scale fires during times of drought, high winds and other measures that increase the likelihood of large scale grass fires. Burn bans are issued either at the county level or the state level and can change from day to day.
Burn Ban Statutory Authority
Legal authority for a ban on outdoor burning is located in Title 2 of the Oklahoma Statutes. Article 16 Section 16-26 of the Oklahoma Forestry Code authorizes the Governor to declare a ban on outdoor burning based upon drought conditions and the recommendation of the Oklahoma Forestry Services, in order to reduce the threat of wildfire. Senate Bill 1816, signed into law June 3, 2008, modified Section 16-26 to authorize county commissioners to exercise similar authority at the county level, under certain conditions and with certain restrictions. A burn ban proclaimed by the Governor will supersede a county ban on outdoor burning.
Any person who violates a Governor’s ban on outdoor burning is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000), and/or imprisonment for not more than on (1) year.)