burn ban

Effective immediately, there is a ban on all open burning in Rutherford County as continued dry conditions have created a significant fire hazard. Rutherford County Fire Rescue Chief Larry Farley advises that citations may be issued for any incidents of burning, at the discretion of authorities. The ban will remain in effect until enough rain occurs to reduce the fire hazard; at that time an announcement lifting the ban will be made.

Below, you can read the burn ban notices issued by Murfreesboro, LaVergne and Smyrna officials.

Murfreesboro Notice

Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department’s Fire Marshal Carl Peas has placed a mandatory ban on burning in the city limits until further notice.

The ban is the direct result of dry vegetation due to lack of rainfall.

“Until we receive a substantial amount of rain, we will not lift the burn ban,” said Peas. “Conditions right now are not conducive to safe burning.”

According to Weather.com, Murfreesboro is expected to see little to no rain over the next 10 days.

“We appreciate the cooperation of the public and will announce the lift as soon as conditions become favorable again,” Peas continued.

LaVergne Notice

LaVergne is under a burn ban effective immediately due to extremely dry conditions. This burn ban will remain in effect until a significant amount of rainfall occurs.

If you have any questions please contact Fire Marshal Curtis Brinkley at (615) 287-5832 or email cbrinkley@lavergnetn.gov.

Smyrna Notice

The Town of Smyrna Fire Department will be prohibiting outdoor open burning until further notice within the corporate limits of the Town. Outdoor open burning includes residential and construction open burning for the purpose of disposing of vegetation (yard debris). No burning permits will be issued until such time as the ban is lifted.

Recreational fires for the purposes of pleasure, burn pits, campfires or other similar purposes don’t require a permit and will be allowed.

The extreme dry conditions make the Town more at risk to intense and fast-spreading fires. Even with the occasional rain, outdoor burning could become difficult to control. The public is strongly encouraged to honor this ban.

For questions concerning outdoor open burning please contact the Bureau of Fire Prevention at 615-459-9742 Ext. 7520

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