Burn ban in effect for Middle Tennessee counties

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Burn permits were limited across Middle Tennessee due to an increased risk of fires.

Winds were running 15 to 25 mph with some gusts near 30 mph Wednesday afternoon, while the relative humidly ran between 19 to 25 percent, which created a fire danger.

In Wilson County, there was a burn advisory in place, which means outdoor burning is not recommended. Putnam and Rutherford counties had burn bans in place.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture did not issue any permits on Wednesday across Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau.

Brentwood Fire Chief Brian Goss told News 2 that most people don’t think of a fire danger this time of year.

“We don’t think of dryness in the winter time. When it’s 100 degrees in summer that’s when we start thinking about how dry it is, but we haven’t had any measurable precipitation in quite a while,” Goss said.

He continued, “We are in a dry spell. It’s supposed to get better tomorrow, but just those common sense things like discarding cigarettes out the window – that always presents a problem for us this time of the years, especially on the interstates and where you have heavier traffic and things like that. We just ask people to be conscious and aware that even though it’s cold, even though it’s winter time, it’s been very dry.”

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