Ohio Agency Asks Residents to Be Cautious on Outdoor Debris Burning

The department said Ohioans are reminded to be aware of the state's outdoor burning regulations and take necessary precautions if they are planning to burn debris this fall. For example, if a fire does escape control, immediately contact the local fire department.

Ohio law prohibits outdoor debris burning from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of November, the state's Department of Natural Resources said in a reminder posted recently about the fall wildfire season. Burning is limited in the fall because dry fuel is abundant on the ground -- grasses, crops and crop debris, weeds, and fallen leaves, and winds can make a seemingly safe fire burn more intensely and escape control.

The department said Ohioans are reminded to be aware of the state's outdoor burning regulations and take necessary precautions if they are planning to burn debris this fall. For example, if a fire does escape control, immediately contact the local fire department. "An escaped wildfire, even one burning in grass or weeds, is dangerous. Violators of Ohio's burning regulations are subject to citations and fines. Residents should also check the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regulations and consult with local fire officials about burning conditions," its reminder said.

The department's Division of Forestry offers these safety tips for burning debris outdoors:

  • Consider using a 55-gallon drum with a weighted screen lid to provide an enclosed incinerator.
  • Know current and future weather conditions, have tools on hand, and never leave a debris burn unattended.
  • Be informed about state and local burning regulations.
  • Consult the local fire department for additional information and safety considerations.
  • Visit forestry.ohiodnr.gov and firewise.org for more information and tips on protecting a home and community.

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