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Tennessee Wildfire Information

A burn permit is not 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

    Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

    Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants are provided by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry to communities, groups, and organizations to make their homes safer from wildlife. Examples of program recipients are cities, towns and communities with a risk or potential for loss from wildland fires.

    Applications for FY 2020 will be taken August 1 through September 4, 2020.

    Follow this link for more details - HMA Program

    Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program

    Fire departments serving communities with populations of 10,000 or less are eligible to complete applications for the 2020 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program. Successful applicants will receive VFA Wildland Fire Suppression Kits to supplement their departmentís wildland firefighting capacity. These kits will consist of wildland fire personal protective equipment, tools, and other supplies with a total value of approximately $3,000.00.

    Applications for FY 2020 will be taken August 3 through September 11, 2020.

    Follow this link for more details - VFA Program

General Information

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...

Daily Fire Report - This is a report of recent fires responded to by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry.

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