Ohio Statewide Burn Ban Goes Into Effect Sunday

The burn ban prohibits outdoor open burning through the month of May.

(Undated) – A statewide burn ban starts Sunday in Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry is reminding Ohioans that outdoor open burning is prohibited during March, April and May between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

The ban includes the burning of yard waste, trash and debris, even in a proper burn barrel.

The burn ban will be lifted on May 31. It will return during the fall months due to dry leaves and dead grass.  

Some helpful tips are listed below:

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:

  • 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

Contact Ohio EPA: (614) 644-2270 or Ohio EPA Open Burning.

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