Call before burning

Call before burning

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 6:04 pm

The Messenger, October 7, 2010
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is now requiring burn permits in West Tennessee because of unusually dry conditions.
Permits are required for anyone living outside a city limits. Those living inside a city should contact their local officials to determine burning laws as each city’s regulations are different. Permits should be obtained before conducting any outdoor, open burning of debris within 500 feet of woodlands, grasslands or forestlands.
To acquire a permit in Obion County, call (866) 570-3907 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Permits are not required for burning in containers, such as a metal barrel, with a one-half inch mesh screen cover, according to area forester Rick Stutts, who said it is likely the division will stop issuing permits if the drought situation gets worse.
Stutts offers these common sense burning tips:
• Do not burn on windy days.
• Do not burn between noon and 5 p.m.
• Have water and equipment available in case the fire gets out of control.
• If burning dozier piles or fields, make sure to have an adequate line around it, contact any neighbors that might be concerned and consider where the smoke is headed.
“In reality, if you can put off burning until we get some rain, it would be much safer,” he said.

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