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Fire-season start prompts Forestry Division to require burn permits
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The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry and the Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Division of Fire Prevention are reminding homeowners to follow simple safety practices to prevent forest fires. The official start of forest-fire season in Tennessee was Oct. 15.“Because of dry conditions and the traditional start of fire season, it’s important that citizens call for a burning permit and follow outdoor burning safety recommendations,” said state forester Steve Scott.“Many areas of the state are very dry and the permit system helps us communicate to the public when and where it is safe to burn.”Activities requiring a burning permit include unconfined outdoor burning of brush and leaves, untreated wood waste and burning to clear land. Burning permits are free of charge.

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