The Gladiator Fire burns in the Bradshaw Mountains in Prescott National Forest, Ariz. on Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Authorities are worried that flames from the Gladiator Fire will get past a fire line that's about a mile west of the historic mining town of Crown King, fire incident spokeswoman Loretta Benavidez said Tuesday night. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Burn permits are now offered online, as the wildfire season officially begins.
State agencies hope the option will keep wild fires to a minimum.
This season is expected to be average, despite a drought earlier in the year. Late summer rain helped keep East Tennessee from becoming too dry.
Last year was a different story, when more than 700 fires torched close to 10,000 acres.
Fire season lasts until May.