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High Fire Danger in Southern Ohio Local Groups Remind of Open Burn Ban


Local Groups are reminding Southern Ohio of a High Fire Danger in the area, and that a Statewide burn ban is in effect.

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.

Today (March 8) the region seeing the driest air is southeast of the I-71 corridor, covering the Hocking Hills, Scioto Valley, and portions of southwest Ohio, east of Metro Cincinnati.

Winds in this area are expected to be under 10 mph from the southwest with possible gusts of 20-25 mph.

Open burning of any type is considered extremely dangerous at this time. Be very careful of heat and sparks while operating machinery.

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.

Ohio state law prohibits burning in the spring from 6am to 6pm

Contact Ohio Division of Forestry 1-877-247-8733