Open Burning

EPA Regulations

In addition to regulations provided by the Ohio EPA, the Ohio Fire Code includes the following regulations:

OFC 307.3 Extinguishment Authority- the Ohio Fire Code gives the authority to the fire code official to order extinguishment of the open burning operation if it is deemed that the operation is creating a hazardous situation, or a required permit has not been obtained.

​ Any open burning must fall within the following parameters:
​ Shall not be less than 50 feet from any structure. Exceptions: Fires in approved containers that are not less than 15 feet from a structure if the pile size is 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height and not in a container, it must be 25 feet from any structure.

​ Bonfires OFC 307.4.1- A bonfire shall not be conducted within 50 feet of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbeque pit.

​ Fire Pits OFC 307.4.2.1- Recreational fires conducted in gas-fired recreational pits shall not be conducted within 15 feet of a structure or combustible materials.

​ Portable Outdoor Fireplaces OFC 307.4.3- Portable out door fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material. Exception: Portable outdoor fireplaces used at one-and two-family dwellings

​Attendance OFC 307.05- Open burning, bonfires, recreational fires and use of portable outdoor fireplaces shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable extinguisher complying with the paragraph (F)(906) of rule 1301: 7-7-09 of the Administrative Code with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire- extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.