In observance of National Fire Prevention Week, now – Oct. 15, 2022, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry reminds citizens that our state is heading into fall fire season. Dry conditions and trees that shed their leaves heighten fire danger and a debris burn permit is required for leaf and brush piles beginning October 15.
Debris Burn Permits for leaf and brush piles are available at no charge via the MyTN mobile app or online at www.BurnSafeTN.org. Apply the same day you plan to burn. Online permits can be obtained daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. for any size leaf and brush burn pile. Each pile should be completely extinguished by the permit expiration.
Burning without a permit is a class C misdemeanor and punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine. Individuals are legally required to stay with their fire until extinguished.
Currently some cities and counties are not allowing outdoor burning due to the dry conditions. Check with your local fire department for details.