COLUMBUS - Ohioans should be aware of the state’s outdoor burning regulations and take necessary precautions if they are planning to burn debris during this time of year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Forestry.
Ohio law states outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during October and November. Burning is limited in the fall due to the abundance of dry fuel on the ground from dried grasses and weeds, in addition to fallen autumn leaves. Winds can make a seemingly safe fire burn quite hazardous.
“Each fall, Ohio has the potential for wildfires,” said Robert Boyles, chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry. “The risk of wildfires increases on dry days when people are careless with debris fires that can easily escape control and spread.”
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 Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) regulations and consult with local fire officials about burning conditions.
The ODNR 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 suppression tools on hand and always stay with a debris burn.
- Be informed about state and local burning regulations.
- Consult the local fire department for additional information and safety considerations.
- Visit ohiodnr.com/forestry and firewise.org for more information and tips on protecting a home and community.
Remember, Smokey Bear says, “Only you can prevent wildfires!”
The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit ohiodnr.com/forestry.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.com.