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TDA’s Division of Forestry requires burn permits through May 15

Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 10:57 am

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is reminding Moore County residents who want to burn yard debris or do any outdoor burning that they are required by state law to obtain a free burning permit. The permits are required from now until May 15.

The state Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry wants to remind residents to follow simple safety practices to prevent wildfires. The official start of wildfire season in Tennessee was Oct. 15.

“We’ve had a relatively low number of wildfires this year in Tennessee and we’d like to keep it that way,” State Forester Jere Jeter said. “The division’s burn permit system focuses attention on safety, and it’s important for citizens to know when, where and how to conduct a debris burn.”

The online burn permit system is free, fast and simple. If you are burning a leaf or brush pile that is smaller than 8 feet by 8 feet in size, log on to <www.burnsafetn.org> for approval. More than 300,000 permits are issued each year, and the online system provides a quick and efficient way to apply.

For a larger burn, apply for a free permit by calling your local Division of Forestry burn permit phone number Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone numbers can be found by visiting <www.burnsafetn.org>.

Burn permits are only issued when conditions are conducive to safe burning. If you live inside city limits, there may be additional restrictions. Check with your municipality before you burn.

To learn what materials may not be burned, check the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Open Burning Guidelines at <www.tn.gov/environment/article/open-burning>.

Burning without a permit is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine not to exceed $50. Wildfires caused by arson are a class C felony punishable by 3 to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 fines. Anyone with information about suspected arson activity should call the state Fire Marshal’s Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017. To report illegal burning, please call 1-888-891-TDEC.

Visit <www.burnsafetn.org> for additional tips to burn safely and to protect your community.

The Division of Forestry promotes the wise use of forest resources by assisting landowners, fighting wildfires, providing quality seedlings, monitoring insects and diseases, improving urban forests, managing state forests, protecting water quality and collecting forest inventory data.

Obtaining a Safe Debris Burning Permit by Phone

Burning permits by phone are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on holidays. Permits may be obtained in advance for weekends and holidays.

Permits will not be issued on days and in locations if it is considered unsafe to conduct a debris burn.

Use the County directory below to call your local county Division of Forestry office.

Bedford (877) 350-BURN (2876)

Coffee (877) 731-2221

Franklin (931) 598-5535

Gibson (866) 570-3907

Lincoln (877) 350-BURN (2876)

Moore (877) 350-BURN (2876)

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