BURN BAN IN EFFECT FOR THE MONTHS OF MARCH, APRIL, MAY, OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 6AM-6PM
OHIO DNR AND OHIO EPA RESTRICT OPEN BURNS
If you see a fire burning out of control, you should call 911 or your local fire department.
NEVER to be burned at any time or any place in Ohio:
- Food waste
- Dead animals
- Materials containing rubber, grease, asphalt, or made from petroleum
- Fires must be more than 1000 feet from neighbor’s inhabited building
- No burning when air pollution alert, warning, or emergency is in effect
- Fire/smoke cannot obscure visibility on roadway, railways, or airfields
- No waste generated off the premises may be burned
- No burning within village or city limits or restricted areas
What Is the Difference Between an Open Burn and a Prescribed Fire?
The term “open burn” refers to debris, brush and trash fires. Ohio EPA defines an open burn as any outdoor fire without a chimney or stack.
Open burning is particularly dangerous in the spring and fall, when the leaves are on the ground, the grass is not green, and the weather is warm, dry and windy.
“Prescribed fire” refers to fires that are intentionally lit, under predetermined conditions, to meet various resource management objectives. Prescribed fire can be used as a tool to eliminate undesirable vegetation and reduce hazardous fuel levels. When managed carefully, prescribed fire can stimulate the growth of native vegetation and reduce fire hazards brought on by the accumulation of dead vegetation.
Prescribed fires may be conducted during the burn ban, but only with the permission of the Chief of the Division of Forestry. To conduct a prescribed fire when open-burning is prohibited, an Ohio Certified Prescribed Fire Manager must request a waiver from Ohio DNR Division of Forestry.
Visit http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/burninglaws for more information.