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Burn permits now required
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Those wanting to conduct any outdoor burning will be required to obtain a permit before burning or face a fine as of yesterday.
“In Warren County, the cost of burning without a permit is $261 with court costs,” the Tennessee Division of Forestry reminds local residents in its annual advisory. “The burn permits, which are free, are required between Oct. 15 and May 15.”
Burning permits are required no matter the weather even if it rains, sleets or snows. The permits will be issued for fires which are meant to dispose of untreated wood, vegetation and land clearing.
Fires involving tires, shingles, cardboard, old clothes, paper, plastic painted wood, vinyl siding and feed bags are not permitted. Those items must be taken to convenience centers. Burning such banned items can be very costly.
“If these items are burnt, the case will be turned over to the Division of Air Pollution Control where a fine of up to $25,000 is possible,” the advisory states, noting fires can only be primed with kerosene or diesel with no used oil allowed.
Issuing a permit does not release the burner from liability as any damage caused by the fire leaves the burner liable. The burner must stay with the fire and ensure it is completely extinguished.
Burn permits may be obtained during office hours on weekdays by calling 635-2754. Those wishing to burn on weekends must obtain their permits during the week. Permits are required year-round within McMinnville city limits. They may be obtained by calling the city fire department at 473-3435.