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Lebanon Suspends Burning Permits Due to Increase in Brush Fires

Lebanon — Fire officials yesterday suspended all open burning permits until further notice after a series of suspicious brush fires in the past two days.

Firefighters spent two hours Monday evening extinguishing a one-acre brush fire at the end of Waterman Avenue in West Lebanon, and yesterday put out three brush fires near the rail trail behind the Renihan Meadows housing complex. Firefighters also found a small patch of woodlands burning in the Storrs Hill Preserve near Eldridge Street yesterday, according to Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Christopoulos.

“All fires are currently labeled as suspicious and are under investigation by the Lebanon Police Department and Lebanon Fire Department fire prevention division,” Christopoulos said in a news release. “Effective immediately, due to the extremely dry conditions, the City of Lebanon Fire Department has suspended all open burning until further notice.”