“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.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated.