Springtime open burn ban goes into effect across Ohio this weekend

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This ban includes the burning of yard waste, trash and debris

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GLENMOOR, Ohio (WKBN) – Firefighters in Columbiana County are reminding residents about the statewide burn ban that will be going into effect next week.

The Glenmoor Volunteer Fire Department posted a reminder on its Facebook page Tuesday, letting everyone know that the ban goes into effect March 1.

The open burn ban will be in effect until May 31.

According to the Ohio Revised Code, ODNR prohibits outdoor open burning and controlled fires in March, April, May, October and November between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The ban includes the burning of yard waste, trash and debris. This even affects burning 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.

In order to burn outside of the time and date restrictions, Ohio residents need to have permission from the landowner, stay with the fire while it burns and take reasonable precautions to prevent it 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

Here are other listed restrictions by the EPA:

  • 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

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