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Ozone Watches Now Include Restrictions on Open Burning

Open burning is prohibited in the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) surrounding Oklahoma City and/or Tulsa when an Ozone Watch has been called. The affected counties for Ozone Watch areas are:

Ozone Watch Area Open Burning prohibited for:
Central Oklahoma including OKC Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, and Oklahoma
Northeast Oklahoma including Tulsa Creek, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Rogers, Tulsa, and Wagoner

What are Ozone Watches and Alerts?

DEQ makes daily Air Quality Index (AQI) forecasts for the OKC, Tulsa, and Lawton MSA based on weather conditions and pollutant data from Air Quality Division monitors. DEQ issues an Ozone Watch when the ozone AQI forecast for the next day is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups (orange) or worse. DEQ notifies local councils of government who use their Ozone Alert programs to spread the word to those in affected areas.

People with lung diseases, children, older adults, and people who are active outdoors may be particularly sensitive to ozone. Unhealthy levels of ozone can lead to a variety of problems such as respiratory system irritation, aggravated asthma, decreased lung function, increased susceptibility to infection, coughing or difficult breathing, and permanent lung damage. These symptoms are worsened by exercise and heavy activity. Learn your limits and consider limiting outdoor activity to the morning hours when ozone levels are lower.

Unlike weather, high ozone is not inevitable. You can take steps to reduce your contribution to ozone formation on an Ozone Watch/Alert day. Individual actions can add up to reduce ozone pollution.

For more information in your city, contact:

Lawton

Clean Air Lawton alerts aired on KSWO-TV, local radio stations, and the Lawton Constitution

Oklahoma City

Central Oklahoma Ozone Alert email and text alerts from the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) - Phone: 405-234-ACOG (2264)

Embark 405-235-RIDE (7433)

Tulsa

OzoneAlert.com email and text alerts from the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG) - Phone: 918-584-7526

Tulsa Transit 918-584-7526

Tulsa Transportation Resource Center 918-582-2100 Bus, Bike, Walk, Rideshare

 

 

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