RATLIFF CITY, Okla. (KTEN) — A new law will soon let Oklahomans get burn ban alerts along state highways.

The current method of burn ban notifications is through social media, local media, or by calling fire departments or county offices.

House Bill 3763, signed off by Gov. Kevin Stitt, will add another public notification tool, giving fire departments and county officials permission to post burn ban signs on Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority signposts.

"This was actually brought to me by Commissioner Bill Baker from Carter County," said state Rep. Josh Cantrell (R-District 49) "ODOT already has strategic signage when you're entering into a county; you're going into Marshall County, Marshall County's under a burn ban, but Carter County is not. That's a perfect place to put the sign."

Before it was law, some fire departments in Carter County — including Ratliff City — tested this sign method and it worked.

"The calls that we were getting every week where, 'Are we under a burn ban?' I was getting five to 15 calls a day, sometimes more," said Ratliff City Fire Department Chief Daniel Burns. "Those calls got cut in half."

The cost of making and installing the burn ban signs would be the financial responsibility of the respective county or fire department, which Cantrell said could be as much as $80 per sign.