Many counties in the state of Tennessee remain under burn bans due to the recent hot and dry conditions.
The ban, issued by State Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson, is Carroll, Cheatham, Crockett, Dickson, Fentress, Gibson, Giles, Henderson, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Overton, Rutherford, Sevier, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson and Wilson counties among others. It is effective immediately and will remain in place until further notice.
The ban applies to all open-air burning including leaf and woody debris and construction burning, campfires, outdoor grills and other fire activity outside of municipalities where local ordinances apply.
"We're working with local officials to take action when requested and where appropriate to reduce the risk to citizens, property and emergency workers," Johnson said. "With the extremely dry conditions and little prospect for rain anytime soon, we want to encourage the public to use good judgment and to avoid situations that can cause fire, even in areas not covered under a burn ban."
A violation of a burn 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.
The burn ban does not prohibit the use of fireworks.
However, citizens should check for local restrictions and are encouraged to attend public displays as an alternative to shooting fireworks themselves for the Fourth of July holiday.
In areas not under a burn ban, the public is asked to refrain from debris burning until significant precipitation is received and to avoid other activities that could cause fire.
The following communities have also issued burn bans:
Bell Buckle Brentwood Carroll County Charlotte Cheatham County Clarksville Clay County City of Erin Crockett County Dickson Fentress County Goodlettsville Gibson County Giles County Henderson County Humphreys County La Vergne Lewisburg Macon County Marshall County Maury County Montgomery County Moore County Murfreesboro Overton County Portland Robertson County Rutherford County Seiver County Smyrna Spring Hill Sumner County Stewart County Trousdale County Warren County White Bluff Williamson County Wilson County
The following communities have issued burn bans to include fireworks:
Dickson (within city limits) Burns (within city limits) Charlotte (within city limits) Clarksville (within city limits) Columbia Moore County Smyrna Stewart County Sumner County Wartrace White House Woodbury
Note: Fireworks are illegal in Metro Nashville and Davidson County.