Burn permits required in Tenn. through May 15

Burn permits required in Tenn. through May 15

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NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is reminding residents that a burn permit is currently required for outdoor burning.

State Forester Jere Jeter says the state wants to continue a trend from last year when the agency recorded the lowest number of wildland fires since 1927. The division says burn permits for safe debris burning contributed to the decrease in fires along with increased efforts in fire prevention and suppression.

The free burn permits are required in all areas of the state by law until May 15 unless otherwise covered by local ordinances.

For more information, visit http://www.burnsafetn.org or call the local Division of Forestry office.

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