Fewer wildfires as season winds down

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- As the wildfire season winds down in Tennessee, officials say it has been much less active than last year's.

Forestry Division assistant district forester Nathan Waters said by last week, about 9,000 acres had burned statewide. By May of last year, about 26,000 acres had been blackened by wildfires.

With more rain this spring than last and with forest land greening up, the threat of wildfires has diminished, but not ended.

A fire prevention team visited Blount and Sevier counties Tuesday, teaching fire safety.

The season officially ends May 15 and burn permits will no longer be required until fall.

Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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