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Governor declares no outdoor burning
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Warren County is one of 51 counties where Gov. Bill Haslam has forbidden open-air burning.
Gov. Haslam made the proclamation Tuesday in response to the ongoing drought and destructive fires throughout Middle and East Tennessee.
Effective immediately, residents in counties covered by the regional ban are not permitted to conduct any open-air burning. The ban includes campfires, and burning of brush, vegetation, household waste or construction debris. The ban will remain in effect until Dec. 15.
Currently the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is fighting 67 wildfires across nearly 16,000 acres in the Cumberland and East Tennessee districts.
A violation of a burn ban is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,500 and/or up to 11 months, 29 days in jail.
In addition to Warren County, other nearby counties under the burn ban include Cannon, Coffee, Grundy, Van Buren, Sequatchie, and Putnam counties.