Open burn laws discussed in Pleasant Township

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By Hannah Poling
Staff Writer

Pleasant Township Fire Chief Brian Taylor wants to remind residents about the state’s outdoor fire laws.

He initiated a discussion on the topic at the March 9 board meeting.

During the spring, wildfire danger is high due to the ground being wet underneath but the grass and upper brush being dry, which can cause grass fires. Autumn is also dangerous for wildfires due to the many dry leaves and grasses. The warm weather and the wind also raises the risks of wildfires.

According to Taylor, “The Ohio Revised Code prohibits outdoor open burning statewide in unincorporated areas during the months of March, April, May, October, and November between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.”

This ban includes the burning of yard waste and trash even if burned properly. Burning should be completed in a proper burn barrel during legal hours. According to Taylor, residents should never burn food waste, dead animals, rubber, grease, asphalt or any items containing these properties. All fires must be more than 1,000 feet from another inhabited premises and no burning is permitted when air pollution is high.

For additional information on open burning, visit www.epa.ohio.gov.

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