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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

La Vergne issues burn ban

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The City of La Vergne has issued an immediate ban on outdoor burning due to the extremely dry conditions this summer. The ban includes all open burning and recreational fires in the city of La Vergne.

Police may issue citations to people in violation of the burning ban.

“The protection of lives and property is our first priority,” said Emergency Services Coordinator Rick McCormick, who is the city’s interim fire marshal. “With the dry conditions we are experiencing at this time, we are already seeing occasional grass fires. So far they’ve been quickly controlled, but they can spread rapidly and could pose a great danger to our neighborhoods.”

Fireworks are not currently banned in accordance with state guidelines.

“At this time, the state has not prohibited fireworks,” said Interim City Administrator Bruce Richardson. “If and when that decision is made, La Vergne will abide by that ruling.”

Effective immediately, no burn permits will be issued until the ban is lifted.

Earlier this week Murfreesboro also issued a ban on all outdoor burning and warned residents about shooting off fireworks in this hot and dry weather.

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