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State requires burn permits from October 15 to May 15

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is reminding residents who want to burn yard debris to follow simple safety practices to prevent wildfires. The official start of wildfire season in Tennessee is Oct. 15.
“We’ve had a relatively low number of wildfires this year in Tennessee and we’d like to keep it that way,” State Forester Jere Jeter said.” The division’s burn permit system focuses attention on safety, and it’s important for citizens to know when, where and how to conduct a debris burn.”
The online burn permit system is free, fast and simple. If you are burning a leaf or brush pile that is smaller than 8 feet by 8 feet in size, log on to for approval. More than 300,000 permits are issued each year, and the online system provides a quick and efficient way to apply.
For a larger burn, apply for a free permit by calling your local Division of Forestry burn permit phone number Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Phone numbers can be found by visiting (***directory is also attached to this release***)
Burn permits are only issued when conditions are conducive to safe burning. If you live inside city limits, there may be additional restrictions. Check with your municipality before you burn.
To learn what materials may not be burned, check the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Open Burning Guidelines at
Burning without a permit is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine
not to exceed $50. Wildfires caused by arson are a class C felony punishable by 3 to 15 years in
prison and up to $10,000 fines. Anyone with Information about suspected arson activity should call
the state Fire Marshal’s Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017. To report illegal burning, please call 1-888-891-TDEC.
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The Division of Forestry promotes the wise use of forest resources by assisting landowners, fighting wildfires, providing quality seedlings, monitoring insects and diseases, improving urban forests, managing state forests, protecting water quality and collecting forest inventory data. The Division also works to promote primary and secondary forest industries to stimulate the state’s economy.
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