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10/07/2016 - Tennessee Urges Citizens To Practice Safe Debris Burning


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10/21/2016 - Wildfire concerns continue in East Tennessee (WATE)

News Stories
10/24/2016 - East Tennesseans need to adapt to drought conditions (Knoxville New Sentinel)
10/20/2016 - Fire That Started in Brush Pile Destroys Barn, Tractor: Officials (Franklin Patch)
10/20/2016 - West Robbins fire contained; residents return home (Independent Herald)
10/19/2016 - Firefighters battle wildfires in three different East Tennessee counties (WVLT)
10/18/2016 - Scott Co. fire forces evacuations (WVLT)
10/18/2016 - Open burning halted amid dry conditions (Leaf Chronicle)
10/18/2016 - Drought continues in East Tennessee (Knoxville News Sentinel)
10/17/2016 - Fire breaks out on Rockwood Mtn. in Roane County (WBIR)
10/17/2016 - Firefighters contain fire off I-75 in Campbell Co (WBIR)
10/17/2016 - If you burn now in Montgomery County, you need a permit (The Leaf Chronicle)
10/17/2016 - Burning permits required for outdoor burning (Johnson City Press)
10/17/2016 - Forestry officials warn of record drought as wildfire season starts (WBIR)
10/16/2016 - Dry conditions fuel forest fire in Campbell County (WATE)
10/16/2016 - Preventing forest fires in East Tennessee (WVLT)
10/16/2016 - Update on the fires on Signal and Fox mountains (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
10/14/2016 - Wildfire season begins Saturday in the region (Bristol Herald Courier)
10/13/2016 - Helicopter drops 100 thousand gallons of water on Signal Mountain wildfire (WTVC)
10/13/2016 - Drought makes forest fires a concern in East Tennessee (Knoxville News Sentinel)
10/13/2016 - Wildfire grows to 200 acres on slopes of Signal Mountain (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
10/13/2016 - Tn Forestry Division takes command over large 80 acre brush fire on Signal Mtn (WRCB)
10/12/2016 - Fire/Burn Season To Begin With Dry, Dangerous Conditions (WTVF)
10/12/2016 - Forest fire continues to burn into 4th day on Walden’s Ridge (WDEF)
10/11/2016 - Practice safe debris burning (Crossville-Chronicle)
10/11/2016 - Safety measures needed to prevent wildfires (Hartsville Vidette)
10/10/2016 - Officials discouraging outdoor burning because of dry conditions (WSMV & WBRC)

Archived Stories
10/01/2013 - Wild, Wild Western Fires (Get Out Chattanooga)
07/02/2013 - TN forestry officials know the dangers of wildfires all too well


Read the Daily Fire Report to see what is happening in Tennessee. The Daily Fire Report is produced by the Division of Forestry Monday through Friday. This document requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.


MODIS Active Fire Mapping Program http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/
National Interagency Coordination Center http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/


burningSee fire danger in your area using the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), on the USDA Forest Service website. The KBDI is a number ranging from 0 (no drought) to 800 (extreme drought). Factors in the index are maximum daily temperature, daily precipitation, antecedent precipitation, and annual precipitation. When the KBDI ranges from 0 - 200, soil moisture and large class fuel moistures are high and do not contribute much to fire intensity. This is typical of spring dormant season following winter precipitation. A KBDI of 200 - 400 is typical of late spring, early growing season. Lower litter and duff layers are drying and beginning to contribute to fire intensity. When the KBDI is 400 - 600, usually in late summer, early fall, lower litter and duff layers actively contribute to fire intensity and will burn actively. A KBDI of 600 - 800 is associated with more severe drought with increased wildfire occurrence. Intense, deep-burning fires with significant downwind spotting can be expected. Live fuels can also be expected to burn actively at these levels.


burningWeather is an important factor influencing the risk of forest fire occurrence. Wind speed, relative humidity, and length of time since the last rainfall must be considered when determining the fire danger rating. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division receives a daily Fire Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service. The forecast is presented in text format and is divided into the six districts shown at the bottom of each page.


Keep abreast of drought conditions that dramatically increase the likelihood of wildfire at the U.S. Drought Monitor.

For the latest TN Emergency Management Drought Task Force Situation Report, visit http://www.tnema.org.


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