The following tips should be followed when it is safe to conduct a debris burn:
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FIRE WEATHER FORECAST. THIS WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION TO HELP YOU DECIDE IF THE CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE TO BURN
Burning permits focus attention on the safe use of fire. From October 15 through May 15, anyone starting an open-air fire within 500 feet of a forest, grassland, or woodland must by law secure a burning permit from the Division of Forestry. Permits are not required for burning in containers such as a metal barrel with a ½” mesh screen cover. Anyone needing to burn within an incorporated city should contact city authorities about any local burning ordinances. Many towns and cities have their own burning regulations that supersede the Division of Forestry’s burning permit program.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF’S OFFICE OR POLICE DEPARTMENT AND GIVE THEM THE PERMIT INFORMATION. THIS WILL HELP PREVENT FALSE CALLS WHICH CAN PUT RESPONDERS AT RISK AND DELAY THEIR RESPONSE TO AN ACTUAL EMERGENCY.
Permits are free of charge and may be obtained by calling the phone number for the county in which the burning will be done or by filling out the online form (choose option below).
Permits will not be issued on days and in locations if it is considered unsafe to conduct a debris burn.
For information on what materials may NOT be burned in Tennessee, please visit Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Open Burning Guidelines by clicking here. To report illegal burning, please call toll-free 1-888-891-TDEC