Fire Department issues ban on burning due to dry conditions
The Dickson Fire Department has issued a ban on all outdoor burning within the city limits effective immediately due to dry conditions.
Fire Marshal Robby Street said the lack of rainfall and unreasonably high temperatures have created hazardous conditions for outdoor burning.
Th ban applies to any outdoor fires, including the burning of leaves, brush, debris, trash, campfires bonfires, and even screened barrels.
“Right now conditions are bad enough that the smallest ember can start a grass fire that could threaten structures and lives,” Street said. “The ban will remain in effect in the City of Dickson until the area receives significant rainfall.”
The Dickson Fire Department ban applies to burning inside the city limits. Other Middle Tennessee areas such as Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Spring Hill to name a few, issued burning bans this week.
The Tennessee Division of Forestry regulates burning outside of municipalities and information on current conditions and permit requirements can be found at burnsafetn.org.
Street also urges residents to be extremely careful discarding cigarettes and other smoking materials.
The National Weather Service says hot temperatures will continue Wednesday with most areas remaining dry. Isolated showers are possible on the Cumberland Plateau. Slightly cooler and dry weather is expected the rest of the week and through the weekend.
“Fire danger will continue to increase as abnormally dry conditions remain in place for the foreseeable future,” NWS says at forecast.weather.gov.
The 10-day forecast for the Dickson area shows the next chance for isolated storms will occur late Monday night into early Tuesday morning.
The Dickson Fire Department will issue notice of the burn ban being lifted on the department and City of Dickson’s pages on Facebook and at cityofdickson.com when the hazardous conditions no longer exist.