Burn bans issued, Tennessee burn permit season to begin early

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(WJHL) – Burn permits will be required earlier than usual this year in Tennessee due to dry conditions.

The Tennessee Division of Forestry will require a permit for outdoor burning starting Monday, September 23.

Usually, permits are only required from October 15 – May 15.

The Division of Forestry says while there hasn’t been an increase in wildland fires in Tennessee, the early launch of fire permit season is a “precautionary measure to help protect our state and citizens from any wildfire threat.”

Several local governments have also issued burn bans, including Greeneville, Tennessee; Buchanan County, Virginia; and Letcher County, Kentucky.

Fire officials say record high temperatures and lack of rain have created an increased risk of wildland fires.

To apply for a Tennessee burn permit, visit www.BurnSafeTN.org.

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