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By Peggy Bevels, County Mayor
As I have had numerous questions regarding a “burn ban,” the following is my reasoning.
It is believed every responsible person realizes we are experiencing an extremely dry period; therefore, you know not to start any open-air fires or a confined fire. This includes a metal barrel with a quarter-inch mesh screen on top.
Our county is a tinder box! Therefore, please, please be careful as a lone spark or a cigarette can start a fire, which can cause tremendous property damage or even death. Our Lincoln County Board of Public Utilities has stated we are in a critical stage with our county water, so please call our state Forester Jerry Mann at (931) 937-8603 before shooting fireworks.
If I, as county mayor, requested the commissioner of agriculture in consultation with the state forester to approve a “burn ban” for Lincoln County (which would not include the city under state law) that would mean you could not even use a grill. That violation, if caught, would be subject to a Class A misdemeanor as provided in TCA 39-14-304.
Please do not make my decision be a mistake! Do not start an open-air or confined fire. It will take a good soaking rain, maybe for a few days, before we are out of this dry period.
Thank you and have a safe July 4th. God bless.