KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — City and county agencies announced on Wednesday that a burn ban was in effect for Knox County.

“Due to continued elevated fire risk, open burning in Knox County is banned again for Wednesday, November 15, 2023,” Rural Metro Fire stated in a social media post Wednesday morning.

The WATE 6 Storm Team says the region will stay dry again Wednesday and with low relative humidity values and some isolated breezy winds. As a result, there is another elevated fire danger risk today. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

This week, several wildland fires have been reported in East Tennessee. A 24-acre fire in the Choto Landing area of West Knox County initially threatened a residential neighborhood before crews contained it; while crews in Cocke County are continuing to fight a wildfire.

A week ago, the county had issued a burn ban due to similar conditions.

“Due to an Elevated Fire Risk, open burning is banned today in Knox County,” the Knoxville Fire Department stated in a social media post on Nov. 8. “This includes the City of Knoxville open burning, including recreational or ceremonial fires, charcoal/gas grills, and portable outdoor fireplaces.”

Burn bans across the East Tennessee region began cropping up last weekend as wildfires began amid low humidity and windy conditions.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated.