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Kingsport issues ban on all outdoor fires

Staff Report • Oct 3, 2019 at 10:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Due to dry conditions and lack of rainfall, all outdoor fires in Kingsport have been banned until further notice.

The citywide burn ban was issued on Thursday morning by Fire Marshal Robert Sluss. All outdoor fires, including recreational fires, camp fires, bon fires and burning brush, are prohibited and subject to a fine.

Cooking with propane and charcoal grills is allowed, according to a release from the Kingsport Fire Department. The ban on fires could be reduced if moisture conditions become more favorable.

Outdoor burning alternatives

There are alternatives to outdoor burning, including leaf collection. Kingsport provides that service for residents from Oct. 14 through Jan. 15. The city is divided into six different zones, with a crew in each area.

Depending on the volume of leaves out for collection, pick-up may take anywhere from six to 15 working days to cover all routes. Leaves should be raked to the edge of the roadway, but not in the road, to facilitate pick-up.

Residents should keep leaf piles clean, with no trash or limbs. Bagged leaves will be picked up on the regular yard trash collection day, the press release states.

For a list of daily routes, visit www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/public-works/sanitation/leaf-line or call the Leaf Line at (423) 224-2429 for more information. The Leaf Line will be updated daily after Oct. 14, stating which areas the crews will be working in that day, as well as where they anticipate being the following day.

For more information about the burn ban, contact the Kingsport Fire Marshal’s Office at (423) 229-9440.