Following a burn ban that was issued for Tulsa County earlier today, the City of Tulsa and the Tulsa Fire Department want to remind people that any kind of outdoor burning is strictly prohibited. This includes: fire pits, chimineas, outdoor fireplaces, camp fires, trash burning, etc.
Area officials will have a zero-tolerance policy if called out to a burn ban violation. Violation of the burn ban in the City of Tulsa can result in a fine of up to $1,200 and/or six months in jail (note: fines and/or penalties may vary by city). This burn ban overrides any previously issued burn permits in Tulsa city limits. Permits will be reissued at no cost once the burn ban is lifted.
This burn ban allows exceptions for outdoor grilling with electric and gas with the stipulation that all outdoor grilling must be done over a gravel or concrete surface. In addition, all operating grills should be attended by an adult who has direct access to a water hose. The Tulsa Fire Department also wants to remind citizens to not throw cigarette butts outside, and to properly dispose of any smoking materials.
A current burn ban map for the State of Oklahoma can be found at: https://ag.ok.gov/divisions/forestry-services/
A list of frequently asked questions about burn bans in Oklahoma, which include what criteria are used to declare a burn ban, can be found online.
Tulsans who want to make a report for burning in the Tulsa city limits can do so by calling the Tulsa Police non-emergency number at (918) 596-9222.
Please note, 911 is for emergencies only.