More brush fires are being reported across the Valley as windy conditions prevail.
Many rural fire departments are dealing with fields and wooded areas catching fire from open burning.
While many suburban areas allow open burning, common sense should dictate when it is not safe to do so.
According to 27 Storm Team meteorologist Alex George, windy conditions will be around through the weekend.
“Winds will be fairly calm Friday and Friday night, but winds will pick up on Saturday. Gusty conditions are expected to star the weekend. Winds will be out of the south at 15 to 20 MPH, with gusts as high as 30 mph.,” George said.
According to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, an open fire is any outdoor fire that is not vented by a chimney or stack.
Not only is wind a problem, but there are other conditions where open burning is not allowed and includes the following situations:
– Open burning is not allowed when air pollution warnings, alerts or emergencies are in effect
– Fires cannot obscure visibility for roadways, railroad tracks or airfields
– No wastes generated off the premises may be burned. For example, a tree trimming contractor may not haul branches and limbs to another site to burn.
There are also certain materials that are restricted from open burning and include:
– Garbage: any wastes created in the process of handling, preparing, cooking or consuming food
– Materials containing rubber, grease and asphalt or made from petroleum, such as tires, cars and auto parts, plastics or plastic-coated wire
– Dead animals—unless approved for control of disease by a governing agency.
Other open burning regulations can found on the Ohio EPA website. Contact your local municipality for open burning regulations in your community.