ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is advising caution as Tennessee weathers the hot dry conditions.
The summer heat and dry weather just won’t quit. With the current conditions in mind, the Division of Forestry will launch the burn permit system a few weeks early.
A permit will be required for outdoor burning starting Monday, Sept. 23.
Typically, burn permits are required statewide Oct. 15-May 15. Many cities and municipalities require permits year-round.
Although Tennessee has not seen an increase in wildland fires, safety is our top priority. The early launch is a precautionary measure to help protect our state and citizens from any wildfire threat. The Division of Forestry will continue to monitor the weather situation and will not issue permits on days when burning carries a greater risk.
Robertson County Emergency Management Agency Director Chance Holmes added that whether you plan on burning or not, citizens should use extra care with any combustible material until we can put the dry weather behind us.
According to the Robertson County 911 response center, local fire crews have responded to 15 grass fires in the last 30 days, 7 of those in just the last week.
For more information, tips to conduct a safe debris burn, and to apply for a FREE burn permit online, check out www.BurnSafeTN.org.
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