Burn Ban Status

The City of La Vergne is NOT currently under a burn ban.

What is a burn ban?

A burn ban is issued by the Fire Marshal and prohibits the knowing starting of of an open air fire.

What conditions would prompt a burn ban within the city?

The specific conditions that trigger a burn ban can vary depending on the region and its environmental factors, but common reasons include:

    • Dry Conditions: Extended periods of low precipitation or drought can lead to dry vegetation, making it more susceptible to ignition and rapid fire spread.
    • High Winds: Strong winds can quickly spread fires, making it challenging to control and contain them. Even a small, controlled burn can escalate into a larger and more dangerous fire under windy conditions.
    • Low Humidity: Dry air with low humidity levels can contribute to the desiccation of vegetation, making it more susceptible to ignition.
    • Wildfire Threat: If there is an elevated risk of wildfires in the area, authorities may impose burn bans as a preventive measure to reduce the likelihood of accidental fires that could escalate into major wildfires.
    • Air Quality Concerns: Burning certain materials can release pollutants into the air, affecting air quality. During periods of poor air quality, burn bans may be enacted to protect public health.

What sites does the City monitor when considering a burn ban?

The city uses several different information portals to determine if a burn ban should be placed. In some situations, only a partial ban might be enforced which allows certain open air fires to continue. Below are some examples used.

At what point does a burn ban get issued?

When the data indicates that the city would be at an elevated risk to fires would be the most common scenario a ban would be issued. However, in some cases the air quality would also warrant a ban on burning.

What does a burn ban restrict?

Included but not limited to:

    • Leaves, brush fence rows
    • Ditch banks
    • Construction debris, boards, plywood, decking, cardboard, etc.
    • Fields, grassland
    • Gardens
    • Wooded areas
    • Campfires, cooking fires
    • Grills, charcoal or wood fired
    • Burn barrels
    • Household waste
    • Air curtain destructors

How long will a burn ban be in effect?

A burn ban will remain in effect until conditions have improved and to where there is no elevated risk of out-of-control burning or air quality issues.

  1. Curtis Brinkley

    Fire Marshal