Debris burn permits required in Tennessee Oct. 15 through May 15

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is reminding residents of burn permit requirements as we enter fall fire season.

Debris burn permits are required for leaf and brush piles from October 15 through May 15. A news release states that during this time, dry conditions and shedding leaves heighten fire danger.

“Careless debris burning is a primary cause of wildland fires every year in Tennessee,” State Forester David Arnold said. “Burning leaf and brush piles can be an effective tool to remove collected debris from your yard, but the tool needs to be used safely with cooperative weather and under constant supervision. Practice safe debris burning and remember that state permits are required starting this Saturday in areas where local governments do not have established outdoor burning ordinances.”

Debris burn permits can be obtained online at no charge, and you can apply the same day you plan to burn.  You can access the application through the MyTN mobile app or at BurnSafeTN.org daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Central Time for any size leave and brush burn pile. Each pile must be completely extinguished by the permit expiration.

For larger broadcast burning such as forestry, agricultural or land clearing, call the Division of Forestry burn permit number at 877-350-BURN (2876). This line operates from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning October 14.

A news release states permits are issued only when conditions are conductive to safe burning, and those who live inside city limits should check with your local authorities for additional restrictions.

For a list of materials that are not allowed to be burned, click here.

Burning without a permit is a class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine. Those who choose to burn are legally required to stay with their fire until it is extinguished.

Illegal burning can be reported by calling 1-888-891-TDEC.

For more news across the state, click here.

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