Fire Supression

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Wilson County Emergency Management Agency currently provides fire suppression with ten (10) fire engines, four (4) brush trucks and two (2) tankers. Our ISO rating will reduce your homeowners insurance. Be sure to contact your agent to ensure you get credit for our current ratings.

Tennessee requires Burn Permits from October 15th through May 15. They can be obtained free from the Tennessee Department of Wildlife.  Click here to get a burn permit.

Once you have a burn permit please notify us to minimize the potential for false calls. You may notify us by calling us at 615-444-8779 or complete the form below online and save time. Thank you and be safe burning.

Detailed Information

From October 15 through May 15, anyone starting an open-air fire within 500 feet of a forest, grassland, or woodland must by law secure a burning permit from the Tennessee Division of Forestry.  The Wilson County EMA needs to know where controlled burns take place, in the event of the fire growing out of control, or a passerby calls in unknowing of the situation.

The following tips should be followed when it is safe to conduct a debris burn:

  • Always check with local authorities to make sure there are no local restrictions on burning currently in place, especially in cities and towns that have their own burning permit system.

  • Always notify your local fire department and neighbors to let them know your plans to burn

  • Do not burn on windy days

  • Do not burn on days that the relative humidity drops below 30%

  • Stay abreast of changing weather conditions

  • Establish wide control lines down to bare mineral soil at least five feet wide around burn piles

  • Keep fire containment equipment on hand during the fire (e.g. rake, shovel, water)

  • Stay with the fire until it is completely out.

Are you unsure of what to burn, or not to burn?  Click here for clarification:

Burning anything unnatural could result in response from the US EPA, which in most cases results in massive fines.

Thank you and be safe burning.

Now you can enter your burn permit information online. Please complete the form to the right.