Brookfield firefighters warn of statewide burn ban during spring months

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Brookfield brush fire

BROOKFIELD TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – The Brookfield Fire Department is warning about a statewide burn ban after putting out two large brush fires on Sunday morning.

According to the firefighters’ union, the fires started along State Route 7 SE.

Firefighters said there should be no open burning going on, as there is a statewide ban on burning this month.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Foresty, open burning is prohibited between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the months of March, April, May, October and November. 

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

According to ODNR, open burning is particularly dangerous in the spring and fall when the leaves are on the ground, the grass is not green and the weather is warm, dry and windy.

ODNR says if you do plan to burn at the appropriate times, the person burning the waste must obtain landowner permission, remain with the fire while it is burning and take all reasonable precautions to prevent the fire from escaping.

The following are never allowed to be burned in Ohio: 

— Food waste
— Dead animals
— Materials containing rubber, grease, asphalt or made from petroleum

In addition:

— Fires must be more than 1,000 feet from neighbor’s inhabited building. 
— No burning is permitted when an 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.

For more information, visit http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/burninglaws. You should check your community for its specific burning laws as well.

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