Officials have issued a burn ban for four East Tennessee counties due to dry conditions that have led to increased fire activity.
State Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton issued the burn ban Friday for Claiborne, Jefferson, Loudon and Sevier counties.
The ban applies to all open-air burning, including leaf and woody debris burning and construction burning. It also includes campfires, outdoor grills and other fire activity in areas outside of municipalities where local ordinances apply.
In a news release, Templeton said "dry conditions and little prospect for rain" led to the ban. A violation of a burn ban is considered reckless burning and could result in a misdemeanor charge that carries a fine of $2,500 and up to 11 months and 29 days in jail.