Updated: October 13, 2017


THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE DIVISION OF FORESTRY IS OBSERVING NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION WEEK (OCT. 8-14) BY REMINDING CITIZENS TO FOLLOW SIMPLE SAFETY PRACTICES TO PREVENT WILDFIRES. THE OFFICIAL START OF WILDFIRE SEASON IN TENNESSEE IS OCT. 15.

 

“IT’S IMPORTANT, AND REQUIRED BY LAW FROM OCTOBER 15, 2017 TO MAY 15, 2018, THAT CITIZENS CALL FOR A BURNING PERMIT AND FOLLOW OUTDOOR BURNING SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS,” STATE FORESTER JERE JETER SAID. “TENNESSEE EXPERIENCED A HISTORIC FALL FIRE SEASON LAST YEAR DUE TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS.

 

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 BURN SAFE TN DOT 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. - 4:30 P.M. THE PHONE NUMBER IN GILES COUNTY FOR A BURN PERMIT IS 877-350-2876.