Burn ban could affect Middle TN region on July 4 if rain doesn’t arrive soon

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WSMV) – As the burning ban continues in Mount Juliet, city officials are closely monitoring the weather to see if and when they can lift it.

Since Monday, the possibility of a property or structure fire has increased significantly and the Town of Mount Juliet and the Fire Department want to take every precaution to ensure the safety of their residents.

For the past six years, Jeff Goodwin and his family have operated a fireworks tent in Mount Juliet.

“We really wanted that rain last night and yesterday afternoon,” Goodwin said.

Goodwin is hoping for rain as there is currently a burn ban in Mount Juliet. The ban does not include fireworks, but that could change if it doesn’t rain soon.

“You know that’s the first question, can we shoot fireworks with the burn ban, today we can, we’ll have to watch throughout the week and closer to the 4th of July” , Goodwin said.

Mount Juliet fire crews recently battled a five-acre bushfire. It’s a growing concern and Justin Beasley, a city spokesman, said they may have to expand the ban to fireworks and fireworks and postpone that July 4 holiday.

Firefighters will continue to monitor local weather forecasts in the coming days to make a decision on whether or not to lift the ban.

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