A burn ban has been issued for multiple locations in Tennessee Valley, due to hazardous conditions.

The burn ban covers Sequatchie and Marion Counties, and the city of Athens, Tennessee.

EMA director Winfred Smith says the following types of fire are prohibited while the ban is in effect:

  • leaves, brush
  • fence rows, ditch banks
  • construction debris, boards, plywood, decking, cardboard, etc.
  • fields, grassland
  • gardens
  • wooded areas
  • campfires, cooking fires
  • grills, charcoal or wood fired (but not natural or propane gas fired)
  • burn barrels
  • household waste
  • air curtain destructors

A person can be charged with a class misdemeanor for violating the ban.

It will remain in effect until further notice.

The following is the full declaration issued by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture:



The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance announced that the burn permit season will start early this year, effective on Monday, September 23 due to heat and dry weather.

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