KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knox County officials are issuing a mandatory ban on open burning effective immediately due to conditions of severe drought. If you already have an open burn permit, you should postpone it until further notice and no new permits will be granted until the ban is lifted.
The ban includes campfires, bonfires and all other types of outdoor open burning. Under normal conditions a burn permit allows people to burn certain materials while adhering to particular guidelines that take environmental and health effects into account.
“We sincerely appreciate the public’s cooperation during this ban, which will remain in effect as long as conditions are unsafe for burning,” said Knox County Air Quality Management Director Lynne Liddington. “We will notify the community as soon as we’re able to lift the ban.”
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park issued a ban on open burns earlier on Tuesday.