Spring fire season officially starts

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. - Although it may seem too cold, spring fire season is actually underway and some local firefighters have tips to stay safe.

This time of year the grass and leaves are usually much drier and when it's windy, the risk for the fire spreading is high.

Chief Eric Wilson with the Sullivan County Volunteer Fire Department says it's important to have a 300 to 500 foot radius around your fire and always check the weather. "If you plan on burning, check the forecast. If it looks like it's going to be a nice day and the wind isn't going to be blowing real bad, and we're supposed to get some rain that afternoon. That will probably be a good day to try to burn," added Chief Wilson.

A burning permit is required in Tennessee. In Virginia, it's against the law to burn brush before 4pm.

The spring fire season in both states runs through the beginning of May.

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