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Warm, windy weather means more local burn bans

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GALLATIN, TN (WSMV) -

Warm weather has finally returned, but authorities have a major warning about something a lot of people do outside.

Fires to burn brush and trash can quickly get out of hand, so many communities have instituted burn bans as a precaution.

"It's too windy to burn," said Gallatin Fire Chief Billy Crook.

The city of Gallatin will not issue a permit if the wind is measured at 10 mph or higher.

"Anything can happen out there. It doesn't take but a second," Crook said.

To prevent dangerous trash burnings, Gallatin firefighters will first go out to check the pile you plan to burn before issuing a permit.

"The only thing we are supposed to be letting them burn is natural wood products and brush," Crook said.

As the weather heats up and more people look to rid their yards of winter's mess, fire officials ask that good judgment come first.

"I caution everybody to use good common sense. If it's a real windy day, don't be coming up here trying to get a permit because we are not going to let you burn," Crook said.

The state forestry department says any county rules against burning will always supersede state rules. In many cases, the state will not issue a permit to people who live in an area under a local burn ban.

If you are caught burning without a permit the state can fine you up to $2,500 and sentence you up to 11 months.

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