Open Burning

Rules and Regulations Governing Ceremonial and Cooking Fires

Each year during the spring and fall seasons the state of Ohio has an increase in the number of wildfires and brush fires. It is because of this that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio Division of Natural Resources, and the local Fire Departments have laws and regulations regarding outdoor burning and fires. Statewide, outdoor burning is prohibited during the spring months of March, April, and May from 6am to 6pm. Additionally, outdoor burning is prohibited during the fall months of October and November from 6am to 6pm. The dry conditions at these two times of year increase the possibility for wildfires to occur. In the event that we are called for outdoor burning during the listed hours, a report will be made with the Ohio EPA and parties may be subject to citation.

In the event that a complaint is received, Pierce Township Fire Department shall dispatch a fire engine to investigate. The decision to extinguish the fire lies solely with the fire department officer. If you have any questions regarding the state laws or the rules and regulations for outdoor burning in Pierce Township Township please contact the Pierce Township Fire Prevention Bureau. A notification may be made to the appropriate regulatory agency and the parties may be subject to citations.

The Pierce Township Fire Department does not issue open burning permits. For more information on open burn policies within Pierce Township, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 513-752-6273.