Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Burn Permits To Be Required

Putnam County residents who are planning to burn leaves or brush this fall are being reminded that they will be required to purchase a burn permit from the state Division of Forestry, beginning Thursday, October 15th. Officials say that while the county is experiencing a rainier-than-normal year, the threat of wildfires still exists. Burn permits are issued free of charge and can be obtained by calling the Putnam County Forestry Office at 526-9502. According to the state fire marshal’s office, 16 homes in Tennessee were lost to wildfires last year, and more than 500 others were threatened. Burning without a permit is a Class C misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine. Wildfires caused by arson are a Class C felony, which is punishable by three to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.