Lawmakers study burn ban rules

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Fireworks dealers and fire managers are asking state lawmakers to revise the guidelines that govern burn bans in the state.

Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee convened a legislative study Wednesday on rules governing when county commissioners can order a burn ban. They will also consider the types of activities, including controlled and prescribed burns, that can take place during a burn ban.

Authorities order burn bans when conditions are good for wildfires that can rage out of control, destroying homes and businesses.

Jim Cooper, co-owner of Fireworks World with retail outlets in Oklahoma and Texas, says county commissioners do not always meet all of the legal criteria when ordering a burn ban. Cooper says his sales drop off 60% during burn bans.

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