Several areas of Middle Tennessee issue burn bans

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – As the dry conditions continue throughout Middle Tennessee, some areas have issued burn bans.

By Monday afternoon, Clarksville, Rutherford County, Spring Hill and Mt. Juliet are among the places prohibiting burning.

“The unusually hot and dry conditions during October prompted the need to ban all outdoor burning,” Clarksville Mayor McMillan said. “We have to do all we can to keep our community safe. When dry conditions get to this point, this is the prudent course.”

The extremely dry conditions have caused brush fires to pop up in several areas, including as recently as Monday morning in Maury County along Interstate 65.

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“Since October and no rainfall, we’ve had five or six what usually would be a small brush fire turn into big brush fires,” explained Spring Hill Fire Chief Terry Hood. “Anywhere from smoking cigarettes to wheel bearings locking up and throwing sparks onto the interstate – it’s been a number of things that have caused the fires that we’ve had.”

In Clarksville and Rutherford County, the ban will not be lifted until the areas receive sufficient rainfall.

The burn ban will continue in Mt. Juliet until at least November 4.

The state of Tennessee is currently not issuing permits. A permit is required to burn between October 15 and May 15.

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