The following tips should be followed when it is safe to conduct a debris burn:
- Check with local authorities to make sure there are no local restrictions on burning currently in place, especially in cities and towns that have their own burning permit system.
- Notify your local fire department and neighbors to let them know your plans to burn
- Do not burn on windy days
- Stay abreast of changing weather conditions
- Establish wide control lines down to bare mineral soil at least five feet wide around burn piles
- Keep fire containment equipment on hand during the fire (e.g. rake, shovel, water)
- Stay with the fire until it is completely out.
Burning permits focus attention on the safe use of fire. From
October 15 through May 15, anyone starting an open-air fire within 500 feet of a forest, grassland, or woodland must by law secure a burning permit from the Division of Forestry. Permits are not required for burning in containers such as a metal barrel with a ½" mesh screen cover. Anyone needing to burn within an incorporated city should contact city authorities about any local burning ordinances. Many towns and cities have their own burning regulations that
supersede the Division of Forestry’s burning permit program.
A burn permit is not currently required from the Division of Forestry. Check local restrictions in your area prior to conducting any burning activity.
For information on what materials may NOT be burned in Tennessee, please
visit Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Open
Burning Guidelines by
clicking here. To report
illegal burning, please call toll-free 1-888-891-TDEC