Tennessee governor declares regional burn ban for 51 counties

A map of fires reported across Tennessee as of Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 (Courtesy: BurnSafeTN.org)
A map of fires reported across Tennessee as of Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 (Courtesy: BurnSafeTN.org)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Governor Bill Haslam declared a regional ban on burning in 51 Tennessee counties early Monday evening.

The proclamation declaring the ban was issued in response to the ongoing drought and destructive wildfires throughout middle and east Tennessee. Click here to read the proclamation.

Effective immediately, residents in counties covered by the regional ban are not permitted to conduct any open-air burning. The ban includes campfires, and burning of brush, vegetation, household waste or construction debris.

It will remain in effect until Dec. 15.

At the time of this report, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) Division of Forestry was fighting 67 wildfires across nearly 16,000 acres in the Cumberland and East Tennessee districts.

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A violation of a burn ban is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,500 and/or up to 11 months, 29 days in jail.

Robertson and Sumner counties continue to be under a burn ban issued by TDA Commissioner Jai Templeton. A governor’s ban includes municipalities, whereas a commissioner’s ban is superseded by municipal ordinances.

Daily updates on the wildfire situation, active burn bans and tips to protect your home and property can be found at BurnSafeTN.org.

A State of Emergency still remains in effect due to the drought as well. It allows the Tennesee Emergency Management Agency to use personnel and resources from state and federal partners to make sure they can respond quickly to wildfire threats in Tennessee.

Counties under the regional burn ban are:

Anderson
Bledsoe
Blount
Bradley
Campbell
Cannon
Carter
Claiborne
Clay
Cocke
Coffee
Cumberland
Dekalb
Fentress
Franklin
Grainger
Greene
Grundy
Hamblen
Hamilton
Hancock
Hawkins
Jackson
Jefferson
Johnson
Knox
Loudon
Macon
Marion
McMinn
Meigs
Monroe
Morgan
Overton
Pickett
Polk
Putnam
Rhea
Roane
Scott
Sequatchie
Sevier
Smith
Sullivan
Trousdale
Unicoi
Union
Van Buren
Warren
Washington
White