Canadian County Commissioners keep ‘watch’ on burn ban

Despite recent snow, outdoor prohibition again possible

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Dave Anderson

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – Although Canadian County’s burn ban expired last week, county officials are keeping a careful watch on the weather in case a new ban needs to be declared.

A prohibition on outdoor burning had been in place from Dec. 20, 2021, until last Monday, Jan. 31, due to extended dry, windy conditions and no precipitation forecasted.

The burn ban lasted six weeks due to the extreme fire danger that existed across Canadian County. Canadian County Commissioners approve resolutions to enact and later extend the ban, which allowed outside burning only under special conditions.

Canadian County Commission Chairman Dave Anderson, at the commissioners’ weekly meeting Feb. 7, explained the burn ban was not prolonged because “it didn’t rise to the level of an emergency situation that new business requires.”

A winter storm last week dumped an estimated 5 to 7 inches of snow and sleet on Canadian County, forcing the county’s administrative offices and courthouse to close from Wednesday through Friday.

Although the storm eliminated any pressing need for a burn ban, Canadian County Commissioners will keep their eyes peeled because this week’s forecast shows warmer temperatures and only a slight chance of prescription.

“We need to keep watching,” District 3 Commissioner Jack Stewart said. “The next week it’s supposed to be sunshine, and this time of year it’s always windy.”

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THIS AND THAT …

The Canadian County Commissioners’ Feb. 7th regular meeting lasted a whopping 16 minutes. Other business items approved included:

  • Declaring surplus equipment in District 1 – John Deere flex wing rotary cutter; and District 2 – Ford truck with oil distributor, CAT pneumatic roller, 1998 John Deere dozer, and Clements end up trailer. These items will be sold at the Circuit Engineering District auction in Elk City.
  • Certificate of election for Canadian County Fair Board Directors: District 1 – Justin Atkinson, District 2 – Ken Carpenter and District 3 – Dan Wedman. These three incumbents earned new three-year terms after they were the only candidates to file.

Canadian County Undersheriff Kevin Ward presented the weekly county jail report showing 237 inmates in custody. The jail population includes 199 prisoners at the county’s detention center in El Reno and 38 housed in other counties.

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