UPDATE: The City of Athens Fire Department is lifting burn ban and resume the normal process of authorizing outdoor burning. 

Burning of leaves, major clearing projects greater than 10 cubic yards, tire or rubber products, vinyl siding or shingles, plastic, paper products including cardboard, asphalt roofing materials, demolition debris, building or construction materials, paint or aerosol cans, copper or electrical wires, and household trash are not permitted.

There will be no burning after dark without the approval of an on-duty shift supervisor.

Projects larger than 10 cubic yards must be permitted by forced air pit burning. 

Any open outdoor burning must be approved and inspected by the shift supervisor on the day the burning will take place. To obtain a burn permit, please contact Fire Station 1 at 423-7442763.

For more information, please contact Chief Brandon Ainsworth at 423-744-2700 ext. 5.


PREVIOUS STORY: 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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