ODNR cautions residents during fall wildfire season, offers safety tips

ODNR cautions residents during fall wildfire season, offers safety tips

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry is cautioning Ohioans during fall wildfire season to remind them to take precautions and know the regulations.

Burning is limited in the fall due to the dry fuel on the ground in the form of grasses, crops and crop debris, weeds and fallen leaves.

Ohio law states outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Nov. 30. Any violators are subject to citations and fines.

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The ODNR Division of Forestry offers these safety tips:

  • Consider using a 55-gallon drum with a weighted screen lid to provide an enclosed incinerator
  • Know current and future weather conditions, have tools on hand, and never leave a debris burn unattended
  • Winds can make a safe fire burn more intense and escape control so if this happens, contact your local fire department
  • Food waste, dead animals, and materials containing rubber, grease, asphalt or petroleum should never be burned
  • Be informed about state and local burning regulations
  • Consult the local fire department for additional information and safety considerations
  • Visit forestry.ohiodnr.gov and firewise.org for more information and tips on protecting a home and community
  • Remember: "Only you can prevent wildfires!"