CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – October 7, 2016 - The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau is suspending burning in Hamilton County until further notice due to exceptionally dry conditions. These conditions are expected to be further exacerbated by meteorological conditions associated with Hurricane Matthew. Drought conditions have already led to numerous area fires resulting in large amounts of smoke impacting air quality.
“We appreciate citizens understanding the need to exercise caution in light of these extremely hazardous conditions,” says Bureau Director Bob Colby. “People have patiently waited for the beginning of burning season. We just ask that they wait a little bit longer until we get some rain to provide safer burning conditions to prevent air pollution problems and loss of property and potential loss of life.”
Residents needing to dispose of brush and natural vegetation during the no burning period are encouraged to use alternative methods to burning, including chipping, composting, and recycling.
The Bureau will continue to issue burn permits during normal operating hours, however, these permits will not be valid until conditions improve and burning is approved on a daily basis.
For more information about burning in Hamilton County, Tennessee, contact 423-643-5970.