Ohio DNR and Ohio EPA Restrict Open Burns
Ohio Revised Code 1503.18 Ohio DNR Forestry prohibits outdoor open burning and prescribed fires in the months of March, April, May, October, and November between 6am and 6pm. This ban includes burning of yard waste, trash, and debris, even in a proper burn barrel.
Even outside the time and date restrictions, any person conducting a burn must obtain landowner permission, remain with the fire while it is burning, and take all reasonable precautions to prevent the fire from escaping.
Contact Ohio Division of Forestry 1-877-247-8733.
Ohio Administrative Code 3745.19 is enforced by the Ohio EPA. Notification is required for many types of open burns in Ohio.
NEVER to be burned at any time or any place in Ohio:
- Food waste
- Dead animals
- Materials containing rubber, grease, asphalt, or made from petroleum
- 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
The Middletown Division of Fire (MFD) is a full-time career organization consisting of 82 paid personnel serving both staff support and operation functions. The staff support consists of eight personnel: the fire chief, assistant fire chief, one fire operations captain, one fire prevention captain, one EMS operations captain, two staff lieutenants, and a civilian administrative assistant. The 74 remaining personnel form a three platoon, 24-hour, seven day operations force. A shift commander oversees four stations, consisting of fire and emergency medical response personnel, who provide fire suppression response and emergency medical services; along with other technical rescue services to the City of Middletown, as well as public safety education, fire prevention, fire investigation and cause determination.
The division provides fire, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and other technical rescue services to the city of Middletown, Ohio as well as public safety education, fire prevention, investigation and cause determination.
Look through the Middletown Division of Fire Department annual reports.
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