Opening Burning, you are now required to have a burn permit to burn brush piles and vegetation. you can apply for burn permits (for some types anyway) online at: http://burnsafetn.org/burn_permit.html
Do not burn on windy days
Stay abreast of changing weather conditions
Establish wide control lines down to bare mineral soil at least five feet wide around burn piles
Keep fire containment equipment on hand during the fire (e.g. rake, shovel, water)
Stay with the fire until it is completely out.
Burning permits focus attention on the safe use of fire. From October 15 through May 15, anyone starting an open-air fire within 500 feet of a forest, grassland, or woodland must by law secure a burning permit from the Division of Forestry. Permits are not required for burning in containers such as a metal barrel with a ½” mesh screen cover. Anyone needing to burn within an incorporated city should contact city authorities about any local burning ordinances. Many towns and cities have their own burning regulations that supersede the Division of Forestry’s burning permit program.
Permits from the Division of Forestry are free of charge and may be obtained by calling the Division of Forestry phone number for the county where the burning will be done or by filling out the online application (choose option below).
Permits will not be issued on days and in locations if it is considered unsafe to conduct a debris burn.
For information on what materials may NOT be burned in Tennessee, please visit Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Open Burning Guidelines