Gov. Bill Haslam has placed a burn ban on much of the region due to the drought that has sparked wildfires across Tennessee and parts of the south.
Haslam issued the proclamation Monday evening. It placed 51 counties under a burn ban, prohibiting people from conducting any open-air burns.
The ban includes campfires, and burning of brush, vegetation, household waste or construction debris.
It was set to last all month and expire on Dec. 15.
Currently the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) Division of Forestry is fighting 67 wildfires across nearly 16,000 acres in the Cumberland and East Tennessee districts.
A violation of a burn ban is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,500 and/or up to 11 months, 29 days in jail.
The counties included in the ban are listed below: