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Drought and Fire

Posted on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 8:49 am

untitledGrundy County has been very dry lately, which is not news to anyone especially those of us who live here, but the drought combined with the Fall season makes for a dangerous fire situation. Several agencies across the state are keeping an eye on this situation, and have helpful suggestions in order to not only keep us safe, but to also help us maintain our precious water.

Last week the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation began asking residents to limit their water usage and Grundy County was one of those areas identified. The reason is to help alleviate the water usage load that is making it difficult to maintain reservoir levels for the water utilities in the areas most effected by the drought.

According to the website www.plantmaps.com, Tennessee Drought Conditions Map – October 25, 2016 map, Grundy County falls into 3 areas of drought from moderate to extreme, and therefore anyone who wishes to burn should obtain a burn permit. And by Tennessee law anyone wishing to burn from October 15 through May 15 must obtain a burning permit from the Tennessee Division of Forestry. To obtain a burn permit in Grundy County please call 931-692-3732.