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TN officials remind people to get burn permits

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - With the fire season just around the corner, state forestry officials are reminding people that they'll need a burn permit starting in October and continuing through next spring.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1puBdNH) reports that from Oct. 15 to May 15 throughout Tennessee, anyone starting an open-air fire within 500 feet of a forest, grassland or woodland must by law secure a burn permit from the Division of Forestry.

Frank Westwood is a Tennessee Forestry Division forestry technician who works from the fire tower on Montlake Mountain in Hamilton County.

He says open burning rules aim to prevent forest fires and air pollution by regulating when burning can take place and what materials can be burned.

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