Brentwood lifts ban on open burning

The city of Brentwood announced Oct. 8 it has lifted the ban on open burning in the city limits that was issued Sept. 23.

The city issued the ban following several weeks without rain; however, given the recent rainfall in the area, the fire department announced open burning can be resumed. The National Weather Service forecasts that rain may return to the area this weekend following showers Oct. 6-7.

"Thanks to lower temperatures and the significant amount of rain in our area over the past few days, we can now safely allow residents to obtain permits for open burning again," Brentwood Fire Chief Brian Goss said in a statement.

The city of Brentwood has issued a reminder on the city's open burning policy:

  1. "Open burning" means the burning of any matter under such conditions that fire are emitted directly into the open atmosphere without passing directly through a stack, such as a fireplace or chimney.

  2. An application for bonfire permits for a special event must be submitted to the fire marshal at least seven calendar days prior to the event and must identify the location and type of materials to be used in the bonfire. The application must be accompanied by a $100.00 deposit.

  3. Tires and other rubber products; vinyl shingles and siding; plastics; asphalt shingles and other asphalt roofing materials and/or asbestos-containing materials are prohibited from being burned in the city.

  4. Burning to dispose of tree limbs and leaves is only allowed if the property where burning occurs is three acres or larger; the burning takes place 300 feet away from buildings; leaves and tree limbs are gathered from the burn site; and burning takes place only between 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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