More Robertson Cities Go Under Burn Bans
GREENBRIER TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – One by one cities across Robertson County are initiating burn bans due to the hot dry conditions.
The cities in Robertson County under burn bans include Greenbrier, White House, Portland and Millersville.
UPDATE: Cross Plains and Orlinda have joined the list of cities starting burn bans.
A burn ban also voids all burn permits. NOTE: Since Robertson County is not under a burn ban, bans only apply to residents living within the incorporated areas of the city’s listed above. If you have an address outside the cities listed, the ban does not apply to you unless you live in Sumner County. All of Sumner County is under a burn ban.
As other cities follow suit we will bring it to you. CITY /COUNTY LEADERS: If you plan on following suit please call Smokey’s 24/7 hotline at 615-513-9844.
Due to the dry conditions, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture already announced that the permit season will start early this year.
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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