NASHVILLE, TN (WLAF) – The Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry, is dealing with the dry conditions across the state.  Beginning today, Monday, Sept. 23, the Division of Forestry will activate the Safe Debris Burn Permit System.  This is 23 days early. 

Safe Debris Burn Permits have proven to be an effective tool at making residents aware of when, where, and how it is safe to conduct a debris burn. If conditions are not conducive for safe debris burning, permits will not be issued. It is important to note that this action does not equate to a burn ban. Burning without a permit is a burn restriction that has legal ramifications – specifically, a violation is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by up to a 30-day sentence and/or $50 fine. 

The last measurable rainfall for Campbell County was in late August.  As it stands, there is a limited chance of rain on Monday and again Thursday.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/23/2019-6AM)