This from East Ridge Fire Chief Mike Williams:
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – September 30, 2019 – The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau (Bureau) is extending the burning ban in Hamilton County until further notice due to severe drought conditions.
“We appreciate citizens understanding the need to exercise caution in light of these potentially hazardous conditions,” says Bureau Director Bob Colby. “People have patiently waited for the beginning of burning season. We ask that they wait a little bit longer, until we get some rain to provide safer burning conditions to prevent air pollution problems, loss of property and potential loss of life.”
Residents needing to dispose of brush and natural vegetation during the burning ban are encouraged to use alternative methods to burning, including chipping, composting, and recycling.
The Bureau will continue to issue burn permits during normal operating hours; however, these permits will not be valid until conditions improve. Burning is approved on a daily basis.
For more information about alternative brush disposal for residences inside the City of East Ridge, you may call City Hall at 423-867-7711