NO BURNING ALLOWED.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam issued a proclamation declaring a ban on burning in Hamilton County. Residents are not permitted to conduct any open-air burning.
The ban includes campfires, and burning of brush, vegetation, household waste or construction debris. The ban will remain in effect until December 15.
A violation of a burn ban is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,500 and/or up to 11 months, 29 days in jail.

Today's Air Quality Index

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No Burning Allowed Today

Nov. 14 - Dec. 15, 2016
Governor's Burning Ban
All open-air fires are banned

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History of Chattanooga's Air Quality

Hamilton County's air is cleaner than ever, but every day we work towards meeting the federal requirements. Without the help of our citizens, it would be impossible to keep our air clean. We encourage everyone to reduce air pollution by reducing vehicle trips through carpooling, walking or riding a bike, or taking mass transit. Other steps citizens can take include fueling their vehicles after 6 p.m., not mowing their lawns on high pollution days, and choosing alternatives to burning brush (wood chipping, brush pick-up services).

Without the cooperation among government, industry, and a concerned citizenry, the progress Chattanooga has made would not have been possible. Please help us make air pollution history in Chattanooga and Hamilton County now and for generations to come.

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Tennessee Burn Ban Information

November 23, 2016 - Hamilton County, TN - On Monday, November 14, 2016 Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam issued a proclamation declaring a regional ban on burning in 51 counties in response to the ongoing drought and destructive wildfires throughout Middle and East Tennessee. 

In addition, Marshall, Robertson, Sumner and Wilson Counties are under a burn ban issued by TDA Commissioner Jai Templeton. A governor’s ban includes municipalities, whereas a commissioner’s ban is superseded by municipal ordinances.

Both burn bans apply to open-air burning and include a prohibition of campfires, and burning of brush, vegetation, and construction debris. 

Generally, the burn ban does NOT apply to cooking grills and other similar lighted devices that are well established in a confined, protected area away from woodlands. However the disposal of hot grill ashes or coals can be a fire hazard. Grill ashes should be completely cool or better yet, wet, before disposal in all cases.

A violation of a burn ban is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,500 and/or up to 11 months, 29 days in jail. 

Residents in counties not included under any of the current bans must obtain a safe debris burning permit to burn brush or vegetation. The TDA Division of Forestry, however, does not expect to issue any permits until the state receives substantial precipitation. A violation of burning without a permit is punishable as a Class C misdemeanor which carries a fine of $50 and/or up to 30 days in jail. 

PDF - Tennessee Burn Bans

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Issues Regional Governor's Burning Ban

November 14, 2016 - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam issued a proclamation declaring a regional ban on burning in 51 counties in response to the ongoing drought and destructive wildfires throughout Middle and East Tennessee.

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