It’s finally starting to feel like fall after the heat wave and drought that’s impacted the Miami Valley this summer.
With the cooler weather starting, so do recreational fall activities, some of which include outdoor fires.
Local fire officials have warned the public it’s important to adjust fall activities if necessary, and the ODNR Division of Forestry has reminded the public to take precautions and know the laws.
State law says burning outdoor debris, even in a proper burn barrel, in rural areas is prohibited until Nov. 30 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and recreational bonfires can’t be any larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high. Violators of these laws can be cited or fined.
Burning is limited in the fall due to dry fuel on the ground in the form of grass, crops, crop debris, weeds and fallen leaves, which have been impacted by the recent drought.
The National Weather Service also issued a statement last week on the elevated fire danger.
The agency said when winds interact with dry air and ground conditions they create enhanced or elevated fire threats.
During this time, they ask the public not to burn trash or initiate backyard or camp fires until the wind calms down and humidity recovers.
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The ODNR Division of Forestry has offered these safety tips when it comes to burning: