Burning ban to continue in Hamilton County until further notice

People who need to dispose of brush and natural vegetation during the ban are encouraged to seek out other methods of disposal such as chipping, composting, and recycling. (Image: EPA via MGN)

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau is extending the burning ban in Hamilton County until further notice due to sever drought conditions on Monday.


We appreciate citizens understanding the need to exercise caution in light of these potentially hazardous conditions,” says Bureau Director Bob Colby. “People have patiently waited for the beginning of burning season. We ask that they wait a little bit longer, until we get some rain to provide safer burning conditions to prevent air pollution problems, loss of property and potential loss of life.

People who need to dispose of brush and natural vegetation during the ban are encouraged to seek out other methods of disposal such as chipping, composting, and recycling.

Until further notice, the following types of fires are still prohibited:

  • leaves
  • brush
  • fence rows
  • ditch banks
  • construction debris - boards, plywood, decking, etc.
  • fields, grassland
  • gardens
  • wooded areas
  • campfires, cooking fires
  • grills, charcoal or wood fired (not natural or propane gas fired)
  • burn barrels
  • household waste
  • air curtain destruction

The Bureau says it will continue to to issue burn permits during normal operating hours. However, the permits will not be valid until the conditions improve.

For more information about the burn ban restrictions in Hamilton County, visit www.apcb.org or call (423) 643-5970.

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