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April 8, 2014

Video: Burn ban in place in Marion County

Knoxville — The dry weather, coupled with numerous grass fire calls over the past several days, has led to the fire chiefs of Marion County to support a burn ban. The ban went into effect at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. 

The vote was taken on Monday. Knoxville Fire Chief Jim Mitchell said Monday night that the vote was not unanimous, but that the majority of chiefs supported the decision. 

Sheriff Jason Sandholdt said that part of the reason he supported the burn ban is because of the toll the fires have taken on Marion County's volunteer fire departments. Personnel and equipment all need a break. Sandholdt shares his thoughts in the accompanying video. 

There is concern about the burn ban. For those who want to clear dead vegetation with fire, there is only a limited time frame before green grass will rise. 

We will keep you updated as to when the ban is lifted. The State Fire Marshal's Office has provided this information to Marion County Emergency Management, which shared the information with us. 

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Burn Bans
1. What does it mean when a burn ban is issued in my county?   
A burn ban means that conditions are drier than normal and the chances of a fire growing out of control are much higher.  A burn ban is issued to prohibit outdoor fires to vegetation, rubbish, or yard waste when it would otherwise be permitted.  
 
2.  Who can request a burn ban? 
A Fire Chief, Board of Supervisors, or Emergency manager speaking on behalf of a majority of the Fire Chiefs in a particular county can request the State Fire Marshal issue a burn ban.  Burn bans are issued by county but nothing prevents a city or single fire district from issuing a burn ban in their area.  It will not be a state issued burn ban however.  

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