Burn permits required
f you are planning to do any outdoor burning from October 15 through May 15 you will need to check with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry first.
Forestry Aide Leslie Nicholson reminds us, “If you are planning to do any outdoor burning from October 15 through May 15 you will need to check with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry first.”
State law requires anyone starting an open air fire near any forest, woodlands or grasslands must first secure a burning permit. Burning permits can be obtained by calling your local office of the Division of Forestry. In Polk County permits may be obtained by calling 496-4339 or 338-8395 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Nicholson said, “The permits are free and all the information can be taken over the phone.” In some cases permits will not be issued due to extreme fire hazard or unsafe burning conditions.
Nicholson noted, “Escaped debris fires are the major cause of wildfires in Tennessee. The permit system allows us to let people know when conditions are unsafe to do any outdoor burning. It also helps to reduce the number of false alarm runs because personnel at the fire towers will know which smokes are controlled burns.
The burning permit does not relieve the burner from any liability should the fire escape control lines. The burner can be held liable for any damages that the fire may cause if it does escape, including the costs to suppress the fire.
Local ordinances may govern the setting of fires within city limits. Residents in these areas should check with local authorities before doing any burning.
For more information on the permit system call the Division of Forestry, Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Weekend permits can be obtained by calling on Fridays. In Polk County the number to call is 496- 4339 or 338-8395.
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