Updated September 18, 2019
Officials with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry are keeping a close eye on weather conditions as Giles County and other areas in Tennessee has experienced a prolonged hot and dry pattern.
While the division has not seen an increase in the number of wildfires, nor do indices suggest a high fire danger, the agency is urging people in the county to use precaution and good sense when burning outdoors.
State Forester David Arnold said many areas are experiencing continued hot and dry conditions. Open-air burning permits are not currently required to burn outdoors, caution and conservative judgment should be used when conducting any outdoor burning.
Burning permits are not required by the state Division of Forestry except during official fire season, which runs Oct. 15 through May 15 each year. However, citizens should check for local restrictions or burn ordinances issued by municipal governments prior to conducting a burn.
Officials are also advising that any outdoor debris burning take place during times of day when the relative humidity is higher, typically greater than 40%, and when winds are less than 10 miles per hour.
Limiting open burning is also an important element to improving air quality, and there are items such as tires and rubber products, certain building materials and household trash that are illegal to burn at any time during the year.