Open Burning

Rules and Regulations Governing Ceremonial and Cooking Fires

Boardman residents are permitted to ignite and enjoy a recreational campfire on their property within the rules set forth in the Boardman Township Fire Prevention Code and for only the following purposes: 

  1. Ceremonial purposes
  2. Cooking for human consumption
  • Size and Location of The Fire:

    • Ceremonial and cooking fires shall be no larger than 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet in dimension and shall not burn more than 3 hours.
    • The fire must be a minimum of 25 feet from any building.
  • Materials Permitted to Burn:

    • Fuel for ceremonial or cooking fires shall consist of seasoned dry wood and shall be ignited only with a small quantity of paper.
    • No gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, lighter fluid, or accelerant of any type can be used to ignite the fire.
    • Burn only the amount of material that can be consumed while someone will be monitoring the fire.
    • burn the material   manner, which will keep the burned material or the firebrands from flying into the air.
  • Materials NOT Permitted to Burn:

    • Fires used for ceremonial or cooking purposes shall not be used for waste disposal purposes. 
    • Fires shall not contain leaves, rubbish, garbage, trash or any material made of or coated with rubber, plastic, leather or petroleum based materials.
    • They shall not contain any flammable or combustible liquids.
    • Burning for land clearing is not permitted unless approved by the Ohio EPA.
  • Fires Must Be Watched At ALL Times:

    • A responsible adult shall continuously monitor the fire until it has been extinguished.
    • This person shall have some type of fire extinguishing equipment readily available and must completely extinguish the fire before leaving the site.
  • Fire Department Response:

    • The Boardman Fire Department shall dispatch a fire engine to investigate any report of smoke, or possible illegal or offensive open burning.  The decision to require the extinguishment of a ceremonial or recreational fire lies solely with the fire department officer.

For more information on open burn policies within Boardman Township, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 330-729-9535.

If you plan to burn outside of Boardman Township, you can contact either the Mahoning-Trumbull Pollution Control agency at 330-743-3333 or the Northeast District Office of the Ohio EPA at 330-963-1200.