Open Burning Banned for Oct. & Nov.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, has listed March, April, May, June, October and November as months when open burning is not allowed in Ohio. The exception is only if a waiver is issued by the O.D.N.R., and the burning is done by a Certified Prescribed Fire Manager.
The rules and regulations for open burning in Ohio are established and enforced by the Division of Forestry, but also by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control and the Ohio State Fire Code. Local governing bodies are also allowed to adopt open burning rules that are within the intent of the existing state rules. All of these rules are designed for the safety, protection, and well-being of the general public, and there are penalties for violations.
The established rules allow open burning of residential and agricultural waste, in unrestricted areas, but not garbage or materials that contain rubber, grease, asphalt, or any petroleum products. Restricted areas include incorporated villages with populations from 1,000 to 10,000 and a distance of 1,00 feet beyond the corporation line; and cities with populations of over 10,000 and a distance of one mile beyond the corporation line, where open burning is not allowed except by special permission by the Ohio E.P.A. The unrestricted areas are those areas beyond the restricted areas in the various townships. In areas where open burning is allowed there must be a minimum distance of 1,000 feet from the site of the burning and an inhabited dwelling on adjacent property.
In Ohio the Fire Code Official in the Fire Dept. of jurisdiction is the authority for open burning unless prior permission by the Ohio E.P.A. is required.
Contacts for questions regarding open burning are:
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control
P.O. Box 1049 Columbus, Ohio 43216
Central District Office 800-686-2330
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry
1-877-247-8733 or ohiodnr.com/forestry
Washington C.H. Fire Dept.
Union Township Fire Official
Edward Helt: 740-335-5736