(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.