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February 4, 2014

Stephens County ends burn ban

DUNCAN — Stephens County commissioners lifted the county-wide burn ban on Monday, a day after the area received a snowfall that ranged from 3 inches in Duncan to 5 inches in Lawton.

The frozen precipitation convinced the commissioners to life the ban before it was scheduled to end on Feb. 10.

“People respected us enough to follow the burn ban when we put it on,” said Dee Bowen, District 3 commissioner and board chairman, said. “We need to respect them enough to lift it when it’s not needed.”

Stephens County and 21 other counties in the state had a ban on outdoor burning a week ago, according to the the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.

On Monday, 15 counties kept their burn bans intact.

Three of those counties (Jefferson, Grady and Cotton counties) border Stephens County.

The Stephens County commissioners said they will put another burn ban in place if necessary.

That decision will depend on whether the snow melts and the ground gets dry again, they said.

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