No, as long as the fire is for recreation as defined in the Ohio Fire Code and EPA regulations and does not violate those rules.
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As long as the following safety precautions are met, it is permitted.
Any approved open burning may be required to be extinguished if:
Yes, the EPA is very stringent on certain materials that are allowed to be burned and in what manner in which they are burnt. Click here for detailed information about burning any material that is not referenced under the recreational burn permission.
The Ohio EPA has the legal authority to enforce the open burning laws. Violations can result in substantial penalties. If you have any questions or would like to report a suspected opening burning incident, contact your local Ohio EPA district office or your local air pollution control agency.
Southwest District Office of the Ohio EPA (SWDO)937-285-6357
Air Quality Programs Pollution Control Agency513-651-9437
For a complete copy of Ohio's opening burning regulations, contact:Division of Air Pollution Control Ohio EPAP.O. Box 1049Columbus, OH 43216-1049614-644-2270
Yes. Currently, the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) states that the State Fire Marshal restricts burning within the state during the months of March, April, May, October and November between the hours of 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. This applies to all outdoor fires.
O.R.C.1503.18 is under the authority of the Ohio Division of Forestry. This law prohibits outdoor opening burning statewide in unincorporated areas during the months of March, April, May, October and November between the hours of 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. This ban includes burning of yard waste, trash and debris, even in a proper burn barrel. During spring, wildfire danger is high before plants have turned green, and in the fall, danger is high due to abundant dry leaves and dead grass. Warm, windy weather in both seasons also contributes to elevated risk. Always be sure to use a proper burn barren when burning outdoors during legal hours.