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Burn Permits Denied Due to High Winds

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. - Fire and safety officials said several grass fires throughout Madison County have prompted departments to deny residents burn permits, Saturday.

Madison County Fire Chief Eric Turner said the fall dry conditions and high winds have increased brush and grass fires across the county. Burn permits have been put on hold until conditions improve.

"Just a warning that conditions are not favorable to be burning right now," said Chief Turner. "We're seeing an increase in our grass fires and brush fires."

Officials said combining brown leaves with high winds can turn a simple flame into an out of control blaze, as fall leaves can easily ignite.

"The vegetation is just dryer and its more dangerous. When the winds get up, it can get away from you before you know it," said Chief Turner.
"We've had fires over 300 acres in the county in the past. They can move quick when this wind is up."

Departments encourage those who are burning materials to use an empty field that is at least 100 feet away from large structures and wooded areas. Officials said residents should always make sure there is a fire extinguisher and water hose present when burning.

To learn more about fire safety and burn permits visit: http://www.co.madison.tn.us/index.aspx?nid=142