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VOL. 42 | NO. 40 | Friday, October 5, 2018

State reminds about burn permits ahead of wildfire season

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NASHVILLE (AP) — Forestry officials are reminding Tennessee residents about burn permit rules ahead of the official start of the state's wildfire season.

The state Division of Forestry says getting a burn permit is free, but there are rules.

The division's online system accepts permit applications for burning a leaf or brush pile smaller than 8 feet by 8 feet in size. Larger burns require a call to the forestry division.

More than 300,000 permits are issued in Tennessee each year. Burning without a permit is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine. Wildfires caused by arson are punishable by three to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Tennessee's forestry division says wildfire season begins Oct. 15.

Information can be found at www.BurnSafeTN.org.