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Burn permits required through May 15

To reduce wildland fire risk, Tennesseans are reminded that a burn permit from the state Department of Agriculture Forestry Division is required through May 15 for all open burning where local restrictions do not apply.

Burn permits are free and can be obtained quickly and easily at or by using the MyTN mobile app.

Online permits are issued seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. in Eastern and Central time zones, depending on your location. Permits are available for burning leaf and brush piles, and for prescribed fires, including broadcast burning for various purposes such as land clearing, forestry, and agriculture.

Individuals with limited internet access may obtain a permit by calling 877-350-2876.

Foresters are available to assist callers Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern, except for holidays.

Permits expire at midnight on the day on which they are obtained, so apply on the day you plan to burn.

Fires should be fully extinguished by time of permit expiration.

Burning without a permit is a crime that carries penalties of up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine.