CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The City of Clarksville is under an open fire and fireworks ban until further notice.
In a statement released by the Mayor’s Office, Mayor Kim McMillan, upon the advice and recommendation of Fire Chief Michael Roberts, has authorized a ban on all open burning and fireworks for the Clarksville area.
"A combination of low rainfall, high temperatures and low humidity have dramatically elevated the threat of grass and brush fires in the area and I feel it is both warranted and prudent to take this action to protect the lives and properties of our citizens," said Mayor McMillan.
The Clarksville City Code allows the use of fireworks only from July 1 to July 5 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The weather situation and forecast make setting off fireworks, even during the evening hours, extremely hazardous.
"I do not make this decision lightly as I recognize that it is during the Independence Day Holiday. I believe the overall situation is too dire to permit open burning of any kind and the igniting of fireworks.," said Chief Roberts.
Chief Roberts continued, "We do want to do what we can to make sure that the planned holiday celebrations continue so Clarksville Fire Rescue will assist anyone who is licensed for public fireworks display and permitted by the City of Clarksville. This will allow for the already scheduled fireworks displays, including the City’s July 4th celebration, to go forward."
The ban on open burning will continue until sufficient rainfall has occurred and the public will be notified when it is lifted.
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