NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is asking sportsmen to follow the burn bans issued in specific counties across the state.
“We want to work with local officials who are worried about dry conditions caused by Tennessee’s drought,” noted Ed Carter, the executive director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. “We are requesting that our sportsmen refrain from building campfires on all WMAs, but it is required in counties with burn bans.”
The drought across the southeast has contributed to the spread of numerous fires, including several on TWRA lands.
The TWRA said campfires may not have caused the fire outbreaks, but the agency is asking sportsmen to exercise due caution.
The agency noted natural gas or propane grills are good alternatives for campires.
The counties currently under a burn ban are Claiborns, Sevier, Loudon, Jefferson, Monroe and Robertson.
“Wildlife management areas that fall within those county bans are under the same restrictions,” emphasized Carter. “Counties may be added or removed daily and hunters are urged to review the Department of Agriculture website for updated information.
“While we don’t want anyone to get into trouble we have to warn everyone that criminal penalties could apply for creating a wildfire, and that penalty could include the cost of suppressing it,” added Carter.