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TEMA STRESSES CARE IN OUTDOOR BURNING WHILE DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE

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Everyone is talking about the weather but no one can bring the rain on. And since there is no considerable rainfall due for the next 10 days state officials are asking everyone to take extra precaution to prevent outdoor fires from getting out of control. Tennessee Emergency Management Agency Director Patrick Sheehan says drought and dry conditions have contributed to 837 wildfires burning 20,000 acres in Tennessee so far this year. Many of those fires continue to burn.  From October 15 through May 15, anyone starting an open-air fire in Tennessee within 500 feet of a forest, grassland, or woodland must by law secure a burning permit from the Tennessee Division of Forestry. The free permit can be obtained online at www.BurnSafeTN.org or by calling a local Division of Forestry burn permit phone number, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. These phone numbers, as well fire prevention tips and other wildfire resource information, can be found at www.BurnSafeTN.org.

 


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