Fall burn restrictions in place

Staff Report

MEIGS COUNTY — With the recent dry weather there is an increased risk of brush fires and other fire dangers.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Forestry prohibits outdoor open burning and prescribed fires each year in the months of March, April, May, October, and November between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. This ban includes burning of yard waste, trash, and debris, even in a proper burn barrel.

Even outside the time and date restrictions, any person conducting a burn must obtain landowner permission, remain with the fire while it is burning, and take all reasonable precautions to prevent the fire from escaping.

Ohio Administrative Code 3745.19 is enforced by the Ohio EPA which includes that notification is required for many types of open burns in Ohio.

In addition, the following are 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

Other restrictions include:

  • 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

Staff Report