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Burn ban lifted in Kingsport thanks to recent rainfall

STAFF • Oct 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM

The burn ban in Kingsport has been lifted by Fire Marshal Robert Sluss thanks to rainfall earlier this week.

However, there are still guidelines city residents must follow for open burning in Kingsport.

Open burning inside the city must meet the following guidelines

• A fire no more than three feet in diameter, and no more than two feet high must be at least 25 feet away from any structure. Any larger fires must be at least 50 feet away from any structure.

• Provisions must be made to keep the fire from spreading.

• Residents can be held responsible if a fire gets out of control.

• If your fire is in an approved fire pit with a spark arrestor, the pit must be at least 15 feet from any structure.

• The fire must be attended to at all times.

• You must have a means to extinguish the fire (water hose, fire extinguisher, etc.).

• Burning is not allowed on days with high winds, ozone days or when a burn ban has been put in place.

Call the Kingsport Fire Marshal’s Office before you burn: (423) 229-9440

What Not to Burn in Tennessee 

• Tires and other rubber products

• Vinyl siding and vinyl shingles

• Plastics and other synthetic materials

• Paper products, cardboard and newspaper

• Asphalt shingles and other asphalt roofing materials and demolition debris

• Asbestos-containing materials

• Paints, household and agricultural chemicals

• Aerosol cans and food cans

• Building material and construction debris

• Buildings and mobile homes

• Coated wire

• Household trash

• Most vegetation not grown on site

Improper outdoor burning can lead to fines up to $25,000.

Outside of the Kingsport City limits, it may be okay to burn leaves, branches, tree limbs, twigs, lawn clippings, woody vegetation, yard trimmings, clean unpainted, uncoated wood or untreated lumber. Check your local and/or other state ordinances or go to www.burnsafetn.org for permit information. Improper outdoor burning can lead to fines up to $25,000. To report illegal burning, call TDEC at 1-888-891-TDEC. This is the Law in Tennessee.

For more information contact the Kingsport Fire Marshal’s Office at (423) 229-9440

There are alternatives to outdoor burning

Kingsport Fire Department officials say there are alternatives to outdoor burning.

Kingsport provides leaf collection for residents now 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, pickup may be 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 pickup. Please keep leaf piles clean, no trash or limbs. Bagged leaves will be picked up on the regular yard trash collection day.

Check for information at www.kingsporttn.gov for a list of daily routes or call the Leaf Line at (423) 224-2429. The Leaf Line will be updated daily stating what areas the crews will be working in that day, as well as where they anticipate being the following day.