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Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture says grills okay during burn ban but be cautious with ashes

Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture says grills okay during burn ban but be cautious with ashes. PHOTO: MGN

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Tennessee Department of Agriculture issued a release on Thursday clarifying the current burn ban affecting 51 counties generally does not apply to using cooking grills or similar lighted devices in confined areas away from woodlands.

The ban issued by Governor Bill Haslam is a response to the continued drought conditions and wildfires taking place throughout the state. The ban applies to open-air burning, construction burning, and campfires.

Though grills are not under the ban, the TNDAG does say the disposal of hot grill ashes can be a fire hazard and users should allow ashes to fully cool or be saturated with water before disposal.

The counties currently under a burn ban are as follows: (Note: Sumner County issued a burn ban not originally included in the Governor's proclamation).

Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Cannon, Carter, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Cumberland, Dekalb, Fentress, Franklin, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Macon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Sullivan, Sumner, Trousdale, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Washington, White.

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