Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Open Burning Precautions Urged during Spring Wildfire Season

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohioans are advised to be aware of the state’s outdoor burning regulations and take necessary precautions if they are planning to burn debris this spring, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
“Most wildfires in Ohio are caused by people that are simply careless when burning trash and other debris,” said Robert Boyles, state forester and chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry. “While largely unintentional, these fires place property and lives at unnecessary risk.”
Ohio law states outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during March, April and May. Burning is limited in the spring due to the abundance of dry fuel on the ground before small, grassy fuels green up with moisture. Winds can make a seemingly safe fire burn more intensely and escape control.
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:
  • Use a 55-gallon drum with a weighted screen lid to provide an enclosed incinerator.   
  • Know current and future weather conditions, have fire suppression tools on hand and never leave a debris burn unattended.
  • Be informed about state and local burning regulations.
  • Consult the local fire department for additional information and safety considerations.
  • Visit forestry.ohiodnr.gov and firewise.org for more information and tips on protecting a home and community.
  • Remember: “Don’t burn during the day in March, April and May.”
For more information about Ohio’s outdoor burning regulations by ODNR and Ohio EPA, go toforestry.ohiodnr.gov/burninglaws.
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, visitforestry.ohiodnr.gov
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

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