DECLARATION OF LOCAL EMERGENCY DUE TO DROUGHT CONDITIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 20, 2021
CONTACT: Jon Butler, Emergency Services Coordinator
Giles County has declared a Local Emergency and issued a ban on all outdoor burning and open fires effective immediately due to drought conditions that have resulted in fire hazard conditions that create extreme fire danger. No enforcement actions will be taken in reference to this ban until December 23, 2021 at 08:00am.
Pursuant to an ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors violations of the burn ban constitute a class 3 misdemeanor and are punishable by a fine of up to $500.00 and can also result in the violator being responsible for all costs incurred in controlling or attempting to control any fire resulting from prohibited burning.
The declaration of emergency and burning prohibition will remain in effect until sufficient rainfall is received to alleviate the fire hazard conditions.