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Posted on: January 30, 2014

[ARCHIVED] MFRD Fire Marshal’s Office Issues Warning about Outdoor Burning

Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office is urging citizens to cease all outdoor burning Thursday.

The National Weather Service in Nashville has placed the Northern Highland Rim District of Middle Tennessee, which includes Rutherford County, under a red flag warning from noon to 6:00 Thursday night.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly.

Winds are expected to be 10 to 20 miles per hour, with gusts up to 30 miles per hour. “The low relative humidity is also a concern for us,” said Assistant Fire Marshal Carl Peas. “These conditions are very unsafe for outdoor burning, especially with the all the dry vegetation,” Peas continued.

“Fires in this environment, with the predicted weather, will likely become out of control quickly. That is why we are not allowing permission to burn today,” he added.

In addition to the warnings about outdoor burning, the Fire Marshal’s Office also advises the community to be mindful when discarding cigarettes. “We are seeing an increase in improperly discarded cigarettes,” said Peas, “one simple toss can cause a lot of damage.”

If you smoke, please be sure to use a deep, sturdy ashtray to put your cigarette out. Place the ashtray away from anything that can burn. Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation, such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other easily ignitable materials.

Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out; dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.

If you would like more information on outdoor burning or how to properly discard cigarettes, please contact MFRD Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm at 615-893-1422.

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