UPDATE: The La Vergne citywide burn ban was lifted, effective July 11, 2022, at 1:00 p.m.
Fire Marshal Curtis Brinkley adds, "Due to the recent rainfall and information presented by the Tennessee forestry department, the citywide burn ban will be lifted immediately. Our area has zero drought conditions with low-moderate fire risk, according to the state of Tennessee. Although the fire risk has decreased, the La Vergne Fire Rescue department still urges all residents to use their best judgment when conducting open burning and be mindful of the city burning ordinance. The weather conditions will continue to be monitored daily to ensure a future ban on burning will not be needed."
After much consideration and observation of the vegetation conditions in La Vergne, the City’s fire marshal has issued a burn ban on all open burning within the city limits until further notice. This ban does not affect the use of fireworks.
“We were hoping for rain to help the situation but with a string of grass fires arising we cannot take any chances that could lead to someone being injured or losing property,” says Fire Marshal Curtis Brinkley. “We will continually monitor the weather and, with fingers crossed, hopefully, get some rainfall that will lower the possibility of fire spread.”
The biggest concern has been the use of fireworks within the city with the Independence Day holiday right around the corner. Fireworks use is still permitted at this time but Fire Marshal Brinkley wants to emphasize that that could also change. He continued, “We ask everyone to be careful when discharging fireworks over the next few weeks. Even during normal conditions improper use can cause a fire to occur.”
The City of La Vergne fireworks ordinance states that fireworks are only permitted between July 2 and July 5 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., with those hours being extended to 11:00 p.m. on July 4.
Anyone with questions regarding open burning is encouraged to reach out to the Fire Department at 615-287-5832.