Posted 11/7/23

Drought conditions are getting worse in Middle Tennessee. More cities and communities are enacting burn bans to try to cut down on the possibility of fires.

Middle Tennessee is in the abnormally dry range, but south parts of the state are in the severe to extreme category, and it's gotten much worse.

There are currently burn bans in Rutherford County, Williamson County, Morgan County, the City of Ethridge, Decherd, Franklin County, Lawrenceburg, and Centerville.

A burn ban includes all fires. A violation of a Commissioner of Agriculture imposed burn ban is considered reckless burning and is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,500 or almost a year in jail.