Knoxville — The dry weather, coupled with numerous grass fire calls over the past several days, has led to the fire chiefs of Marion County to support a burn ban. The ban went into effect at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The vote was taken on Monday. Knoxville Fire Chief Jim Mitchell said Monday night that the vote was not unanimous, but that the majority of chiefs supported the decision.
Sheriff Jason Sandholdt said that part of the reason he supported the burn ban is because of the toll the fires have taken on Marion County's volunteer fire departments. Personnel and equipment all need a break. Sandholdt shares his thoughts in the accompanying video.
There is concern about the burn ban. For those who want to clear dead vegetation with fire, there is only a limited time frame before green grass will rise.
We will keep you updated as to when the ban is lifted. The State Fire Marshal's Office has provided this information to Marion County Emergency Management, which shared the information with us.