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(a)(1)?It is unlawful for any person to start an open-air fire between October 15 and May 15, inclusive, within five hundred feet (500?) of any forest, grasslands or woodlands without first securing a permit from the state forester or the state forester's duly authorized representative. ?Depending upon the potential for hazardous burning conditions, the state forester may prescribe a period other than October 15 to May 15 within which a permit must be obtained prior to starting an open-air fire.
(2)?A violation of this subsection (a) is a Class C misdemeanor.
(b)(1)?In extreme fire hazard conditions, the commissioner of agriculture, in consultation with the state forester and the county mayors of impacted counties, may issue a burning ban prohibiting all open air fire in any area of the state.
(2)?A violation of this subsection (b) is reckless burning and punishable as a Class A misdemeanor as provided in ??39-14-304.
(c)?This section shall not apply to fires that may be set within the corporate limits of any incorporated town or city that has passed ordinances controlling the setting of fires.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Tennessee Code Title 39. Criminal Offenses § 39-14-306 - last updated January 01, 2020 | https://codes.findlaw.com/tn/title-39-criminal-offenses/tn-code-sect-39-14-306/
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