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Commissioner of Agriculture
Burn Ban Information


This information applies only to a Commissioner of Agriculture Burn Ban. Please check with your county or city for additional restrictions that may apply.
Counties not listed under a ban require a safe debris burning permit now through May 15, 2020 from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) Division of Forestry (exceptions: Davidson, Knox, Madison and Shelby, which never allow debris burning). Permits will only be issued where and when it is determined to be safe to do so.

Updated October 22, 2019 @ 11:30 am CT
Declared: NONE
Rescinded: Franklin, Marion, Robertson, Rutherford, Sequatchie, Smith, Sumner, Wilson and Van Buren

Under state law, the Commissioner of Agriculture, in consultation with the state forester, has the authority to issue burn bans at the request of county mayors under certain weather conditions. Requests for a burn ban are considered based on a number of factors including weather, climate, fire danger, fire occurrence and resource availability.

A violation of a burn ban issued by the Commissioner is considered reckless burning and is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,500 and/or up to 11 months 29 days in jail.

General Information

Daily Fire Report - This is a report of recent fires responded to by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry.

U.S Drought Monitor

Tennessee has many types of forests and open areas, from the dense eastern mountain laurel thickets to the remote western cypress swamps. Between these are upland hardwood forests, pine stands, cedar glades, cove hardwoods, bottomland hardwoods and various types of open, brushy and forested land. Their unique characteristics and the variations in topography and weather, make wildland fire suppression in Tennessee quite challenging.

Fire threatens the sustainability of Tennessee’s forests. The Division of Forestry protects this resource with personnel and equipment. Employees are involved in fire readiness, wildfire suppression, training volunteer fire fighters, fire investigation and prosecution of arsonists. Continued...

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