TN Forestry: No Open Burning This Weekend In Robertson/Sumner Counties
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) –As of tonight, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry will NOT be issuing any outdoor burn permits for this weekend.
The Division of Forestry evaluates debris burning conditions daily. According to the National Weather Service in Nashville, the Fire Weather Planning Forecast is as follows…
Dry conditions will continue during the first half of the weekend, with min RH values Saturday afternoon getting down to 20 to 30 percent. Winds should be light out of the east around 5 to 10 mph. On Sunday, chances for rain will increase during the day, and southerly winds around 10 to 15 mph will bring in extra moisture to allow min RH values to be above 50 percent in the afternoon.
A burn permit is required by law for outdoor debris burning from October 15 through May 15 and is only issued when conditions are conducive to safe burning. The permit is free. If you live inside city limits, there may be additional restrictions. Check with your municipality before you burn.
When permits are issued, the following tips should be followed to conduct a safe debris burn:
– Check with local authorities to make sure there are no local restrictions on burning, especially in cities and towns that have their own burn permit system.
– Notify your local fire department and neighbors of your plans to burn.
– Do not burn on windy days and stay abreast of changing weather conditions.
– Establish control lines down to bare mineral soil at least five feet wide around burn piles.
– Keep fire containment equipment on hand during the fire (e.g. rake, shovel, water).
– Stay with the fire until it is completely out.
Visit www.BurnSafeTN.org for additional tips to burn safely and to protect your community.
Since first employed in the early 1990s, the Division of Forestry’s burn permitting program has successfully reduced the number of escaped debris burns by effectively communicating with citizens as to where, when, and how to conduct a safe debris burn. You will find more information about the Division and its programs at www.tn.gov/agriculture/section/forests.
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