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3/17/2016 - Burn permits required through May 15


Featured Stories
6/26/2016 - Sevier County community named “Fire Wise” after English Mountain Fire (WATE)

News Stories
4/23/2016 - Dept. of Agriculture: East Tenn. has most fires in state (Johnson City Press)
4/30/2016 - 2016 Fires Leave Sizable Brand (Greeneville Sun)
4/23/2016 - Two Tennessee wildfires mostly contained (Bristol Herald Courier)
4/23/2016 - NC wildfire now down to 9000 acres burned (Farraguter)
4/21/2016 - Arson investigations ongoing as wildfires rage in Mountain Empire (Bristol Herald Courier)
4/20/2016 - Carter County wildfire triples in size nearly 1500 acres; more aircrafts ordered (WJHL)
4/20/2016 - Roan Mountain fire 65 percent contained (Johnson City Press)
4/20/2016 - Fire officials: Blount Co. fire was intentionally set (WVLT)
4/20/2016 - Fire investigators looking for who is responsible for several forest fires (WVLT)
4/20/2016 - New Mexico firefighters head to Tennessee (KRQE)
4/18/2016 - Carter County wildfire spreads to 250 acres, arson confirmed cause (WJHL)
4/18/2016 - Firefighters battling forest fire in Hampton near Watauga Lake (WJHL)
4/18/2016 - Cocke Co. forest fire closes parts of SR9 (WVLT)
4/18/2016 - Eight homes damaged in Sevier County forest fire (WVLT)
4/6/2016 - Sevier County fire spreads toward subdivision (WVLT)
4/6/2016 - English Mtn. fire breaks through lines, covers nearly 600 acres (WBIR)
4/6/2016 - Tennessee fire marshal urges caution when burning outdoors (WVLT)
4/6/2016 - TN Dept. of Agriculture Taking Your Questions on the Recent Forest Fires (WVLT - Facebook)
4/6/2016 - English Mountain fire in Sevier County under arson investigation (WATE)
4/4/2016 - Sevier Co. forest fire evacuees return to homes (WVLT)
4/5/2016 - High winds and dry air making forest fires hard to battle (WVLT)
4/5/2016 - Burn laws in both states in effect through spring fire season (WCYB)
4/5/2016 - Cocke County fire is 10 percent contained, 800 acres burning (WVLT)
4/4/2016 - Forest fire burning near Newport (WVLT)
4/1/2016 - Rain aids in reducing intensity of Greene, Unicoi Co. wildfires (WJHL)
3/31/2016 - East Tennessee crews control forest fires (WATE/WJHL)
3/31/2016 - Forest Fire Still Blazing (Greeneville Sun)
3/31/2016 - Unicoi County fire up to 180 acres, but homes are now safe (WCYB)
3/31/2016 - Highway 70 in Greene County back open after wildfire closure (WCYB)
3/31/2016 - Hundreds of acres burn in Blount County forest fire (WVLT)
3/31/2016 - Wildfire burning about 120 acres near Carter/Unicoi counties (WJHL)
3/31/2016 - East Tennessee crews control forest fires (WATE)
3/31/2016 - Crews battle 400-500 acre wildfire in Blount County (WBIR)
3/22/2016 - Cross county agencies respond to large wildfire in Greenbrier (SmokeyBarn)
3/10/2016 - Burns in Knox, Monroe counties lead to smoke throughout area (WATE)
12/14/2015 - Shell Mountain fire under control in Sevier County (WBIR)
08/24/2015 - Tennesseans Fight West Coast Wildfires (WZTV)
09/09/2015 - Rhea Co. firefighter back home from western wildfires (WRCB)
08/24/2015 - Hawkins Co. firefighter ready to fight wildfires on West Coast (WCYB)
05/16/2015 - Bolivar becomes first Firewise Community in area (WBBJ)

Archived Stories
10/01/2013 - Wild, Wild Western Fires (Get Out Chattanooga)
07/02/2013 - TN forestry officials know the dangers of wildfires all too well


Read the Daily Fire Report to see what is happening in Tennessee. The Daily Fire Report is produced by the Division of Forestry Monday through Friday. This document requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.


MODIS Active Fire Mapping Program http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/
National Interagency Coordination Center http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/


burningSee fire danger in your area using the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), on the USDA Forest Service website. The KBDI is a number ranging from 0 (no drought) to 800 (extreme drought). Factors in the index are maximum daily temperature, daily precipitation, antecedent precipitation, and annual precipitation. When the KBDI ranges from 0 - 200, soil moisture and large class fuel moistures are high and do not contribute much to fire intensity. This is typical of spring dormant season following winter precipitation. A KBDI of 200 - 400 is typical of late spring, early growing season. Lower litter and duff layers are drying and beginning to contribute to fire intensity. When the KBDI is 400 - 600, usually in late summer, early fall, lower litter and duff layers actively contribute to fire intensity and will burn actively. A KBDI of 600 - 800 is associated with more severe drought with increased wildfire occurrence. Intense, deep-burning fires with significant downwind spotting can be expected. Live fuels can also be expected to burn actively at these levels.


burningWeather is an important factor influencing the risk of forest fire occurrence. Wind speed, relative humidity, and length of time since the last rainfall must be considered when determining the fire danger rating. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division receives a daily Fire Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service. The forecast is presented in text format and is divided into the six districts shown at the bottom of each page.


Keep abreast of drought conditions that dramatically increase the likelihood of wildfire at the U.S. Drought Monitor.

For the latest TN Emergency Management Drought Task Force Situation Report, visit http://www.tnema.org.


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