Ohio’s Burn Ban Returns on March 1st

A fire is contained and burning in an open field

The beginning of March is a great time to get started on outdoor spring-cleaning projects, but it is also a time when outdoor burning can get out of control quickly. Woody debris from downed tree branches, overgrown fencerows, and general yard work can create a lot of waste. Many townships and municipalities have events where small amounts of debris can be collected and shredded. That will not be an option if you are cleaning out a fence row. Burning may be the easiest option but be aware of the risks that come with open burning in the spring. Fires can ignite dead grass, leaves, or branches after winter. Due to this risk, there is a ban on open outdoor burning in Ohio for the months of March, April, May, October, and November between 6AM and 6PM. It is best to consult with your local zoning office for local ordinances regarding burning for further guidance.

Stay safe while burning. Select a safe burning location that is at least 1,000 feet from neighboring inhabited buildings. Clear all dead grass, wood, and other inflammable materials (other than the burn pile) from the area to prevent any potential fire spread. Take any reasonable precaution to keep the fire under control such as having water available, open soil barriers, and never leave the fire unattended. Fires should be extinguished or covered when finished.

You can read more about Ohio burning laws here: https://farmoffice.osu.edu/blog/thu-11302023-356pm/open-burning-restrictions-lift-december-1-don’t-get-burned-laws

More information on what is permissible to burn can be found here: https://epa.ohio.gov/static/Portals/47/facts/openburn.pdf

Lee Beers, ANR Extension Educator and Assistant Professor, OSU Extension Trumbull County, can be reached at: Beers.66@osu.edu