Outdoor burning is discouraged

Friday, June 22, 2007

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry are recommending that no outdoor burning take place until the current drought conditions are relieved.

According to the National Weather Service, counties across Middle Tennessee are experiencing Severe to Extreme drought conditions, thus creating a high risk for wildfire. Precipitation required to end the current drought conditions in three months range from 18.01 to 29.67 inches.

With Tennessee's wildfire season officially over, Middle Tennessee is still experiencing conditions conducive to a severe outbreak of fire. If burning outdoors is absolutely necessary, use extreme caution.

Some safety tips to remember while burning outdoors are:

-Notify neighbors.

- Keep water and equipment handy.

- Establish firebreaks.

- Control the fire.

- Never leave the fire unattended.

For more tips on outdoor burning, as well as up-to-date wildfire information visit the Division of Forestry's Web site at www.BurnSafeTN.org