Open burning is any set outdoor fire that does not vent to a chimney or stack.
Some studies indicate that even small camp fires burning clean wood can emit harmful chemicals. Burning "unclean" materials can be even more hazardous. For example, when you burn refuse in burn barrels or open piles, the potential cost to your health, your home, your neighbors and your environment far exceeds the price of adequate collection services. Protect yourself, your neighbors and your wallet by knowing what you can burn and where.
Some Fires require notification to Ohio EPA, or receipt of written permission from Ohio EPA, prior to performing the fire. To see if your fire requires notification or permission, please see Ohio EPA's open burning rules, contained in Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3745-19 or contact the Ohio EPA open burning contact for the county in which the fire will take place (See frequently asked questions below for contact information).
The following forms should be used to provide notification of, or request permission for, your fire if required:
- Notification Form [DOC] [PDF]
- Notification Form for fires for recognized horticultural, silvicultural (forestry), range management, prairie and grassland management,
invasive species management, or wildlife management practices [DOC] [PDF]
- Request Permission to Conduct Open Burning [DOC] [PDF]
Note: For more information, including where to submit completed forms or if you have questions regarding your planned fire, please see the Open Burning Contacts FAQ below.