With extremely hot and dry weather conditions expected to continue at least over the next several days, the Nashville Fire Department is warning the public of the increased fire risk.
Fire officials are warning those who plan on using even small fires for grills that they should be closely monitored or avoided if possible as they can quickly spread.
According to a fire department spokeswoman, there have been more than 850 grass and brush fires in Davidson County over the past year, with more than half occurring in the last three months.
Keeping grass cut short may reduce the risk if a fire starts outside, and officials ask that smokers not throw smoking materials from a car or dispose of them outside.
Metro Public Works, Water Services, and the fire department are deploying water tankers to areas of Davidson County in need of extra water, in the event of a large grass or brush fire.
Also, fire officials reminded the public that the use of fireworks is illegal in Davidson County, and those who use them may be held responsible for damages that occur while using or storing fireworks.