Burn bans now county-wide
Posted: Friday, July 6, 2012 1:55 pm
As temperatures continue to soar across the state, so do the number of counties issuing burn bans. Weakley County has followed suit with other counties and as of Tuesday afternoon, a open-air burn ban is in effect until further notice.
Weakley County Mayor Houston Patrick said Tuesday with the extreme drought conditions, the county could not risk going without a ban. Patrick requested the state honor a burn ban, which was granted by Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson that day.
All cities within the county, as well as rural areas outside of any corporate city limits are now under a burn ban.
The bans apply to all open-air burning, including leaf and woody debris and construction burning, campfires, outdoor grills and other fire activity outside of municipalities where local ordinances apply.
A violation of a Commissioner of Agriculture imposed burn ban is considered reckless burning and is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,500 and/or up to 11 months 29 days in jail.
The cities of Dresden and Martin also banned the usage of fireworks earlier this week due to dry conditions.