- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is lifting the ban on outdoor burning in much of the state after two days of heavy rains.

With the exception of Windham and Bennington Counties, the burn ban was lifted at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Vermont Forest Fire Supervisor Lars Lund says that since the ban on burn permits was issued May 5 the number of wildfires in the state decreased significantly.

The department says widespread soaking rain over the last two days and the greening up of the state’s vegetation reduced the fire danger to low levels.

Fire permits can now be issued at the discretion of the town forest fire wardens and deputy wardens. Some wardens may choose to hold off on the issuing of burn permits in their communities.

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