CITY OF LEBANON COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
POINT OF CONTACT: Derek Gean
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fire department sends out reminder on open burning
In 2019 the City of Lebanon Fire Department responded to more than 40 open burning or natural cover fires in the City. Nearly 50% of these calls were for burning trash or rubbish which is prohibited in the city limits.
Open burning of yard waste such as leaves, grass clippings, or small tree limbs is permissible in the City of Lebanon.
“While open burning of yard waste is permissible, it can still be dangerous and lead to property damage when not conducted safely,” said Fire Chief Sam Schneider. “Such open burning has caused damage to homes and other property because safety measures were not followed. In Lebanon there have unfortunately been serious injuries and even deaths related to open burning,” Schneider said.
There are alternatives to open burning of yard waste. Leaves, limbs, grass, and brush is accepted at the City of Lebanon Public Works building at 1401 W. Commercial.
This service is free of charge and is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Approved Burning within City of Lebanon and Safety Measures:
• Yard waste such as leaves, brush, or tree limbs. Materials must come from the property.
• Fire must be attended all times and be no larger than 3 ft. x 3ft. x 3ft.
• Water source such as garden hose or bucket of water must be readily available.
• Structures should be 25 to 50 feet away from the fire.
Burning of the following materials is NOT authorized in the City of Lebanon including:
• Household trash.
• Furniture, mattresses, carpet, or any other flooring materials.
• Finished or treated lumber, any other construction materials.
• Wire of any type.
• Tires, fluids, or other materials from vehicles.
• Debris from demolition of a structure.
Things to consider when burning in the City of Lebanon.
• Even authorized burning can be extinguished due to nuisance complaints such as offensive odor, smoke, or ash.
• Burn on windless days if possible. If a fire is deemed a hazard it can be extinguished.
• Notify the City of Lebanon Fire Department in advance if you will be burning. You can contact the Department at (417) 532-2104.
•Damage to others property due to fire can be costly. Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving it.