Burning Permits A burning permit is currently required from the Division of Forestry. Check local restrictions in your area prior to conducting any burning activity.
For information on what materials may NOT be burned in Tennessee, please
visit Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Open
Burning Guidelines by
clicking here. To report
illegal burning, please call toll-free 1-888-891-TDEC
Tennessee has many types of forests and open areas, from the dense
eastern mountain laurel thickets to the remote western cypress swamps. Between these are upland hardwood forests, pine stands, cedar glades, cove hardwoods, bottomland hardwoods and various types of open, brushy and forested land. Their unique characteristics
and the variations in topography and weather, make wildland fire suppression in Tennessee quite challenging.
Fire threatens the sustainability of Tennessee’s forests. The Division of Forestry protects this resource with personnel and equipment.
Employees are involved in fire readiness, wildfire suppression, training volunteer fire fighters, fire investigation and prosecution of arsonists. Continued...
2016 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program
The Division of Forestry will be accepting grant applications for this program through May 15, 2015.
Fire departments serving communities
with populations of 10,000 or less are eligible. This is a 50% reimbursement grant for qualifying
purchases totaling $1,000 to $6,000. Grants will be awarded in amounts from $500 to $3,000.
Participating fire departments must have a current "Memorandum of Understanding" with the Division of
Forestry that is dated after June 30,2010.