As long as the following safety precautions are met, it is permitted.
- The location of the open burning is greater than 50 feet from any structure and provisions are made to prevent fire from spreading within 50 feet of any structure. These fires are defined as "bonfires".
- Exceptions to burn within 50 feet of a structure are for fires defined as "recreational fires". A recreational fire is an outdoor fire that is burning seasoned wood (not rubbish) and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height. A recreational open burn is permitted 15 feet from a structure if it is in an approved container. A recreational open burn that is not in an approved container is permitted 25 feet from a structure or combustible material, as long as provisions are made to prevent fire from spreading within 25 feet of any structure or combustible material.
Any approved open burning may be required to be extinguished if:
- The open burning creates or adds to a hazardous situation.
- Any of the stipulations allowing for open burning are not met.
- The open burn is left unattended at any time.
- One of the following is not available to immediately extinguish the fire: 1.) Portable fire extinguisher complying with OAC (Ohio Administrative Code) with a minimum rating of 4-A, 2.) Pile of dirt or sand sufficient enough to completely extinguish the fire, and 3.) Water source with sufficient volume to completely extinguish the fire.