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Forest fire season underway
Fire Prevention week Oct. 7-13
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Riley Self lets the water fly while Vicki Corleys class at LBJ&C Head Start holds the hose at the Smithville Fire Departments Fire Prevention Week demonstration Monday. Hoyte Hale is shown here showing Riley how a firefighters job is done,
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry and the Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Division of Fire Prevention are observing National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13), by reminding homeowners to follow simple safety practices to prevent forest fires.The official start of forest fire season in Tennessee was Oct. 15.“Burning vegetative material that has accumulated around the yard or using fire to clear an old field can be an efficient way to get rid of debris,” said John Kirksey, Fire Chief for the Division of Forestry. “However, this activity needs to be done safely. The division’s burn-permitting system focuses attention on the safe use of fire for debris burning.”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.Citizens can apply for burning permits online or by calling their local Division of Forestry office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.