Be Aware of Outdoor Burning Regulations in Boardman

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 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 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. Outdoor burning is also prohibited during the fall months of October and November from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. The dry conditions at these two times of year increase the possibility for wildfires to occur. In the event the Boardman Fire Department is called for outdoor burning during the listed hours, a report will be made with the Ohio EPA and parties may be subject to citation.

We also have local rules and regulations in Boardman Township that must be followed when burning occurs during approved times.

  • The only approved burning material in Boardman Township is seasoned dry firewood.
  • Burning of yard debris, trash or construction debris is prohibited.
  • The use of accelerants such as gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel or lighter fluid is not permitted.
  • The fire must be in a ring or pit to prevent accidental spread and must be 3 feet by 3 feet in size. The fire must be a minimum of 25 feet from structures.
  • Fires must be attended at all times, and there must be a means of extinguishing the fire for the duration of the burning. The fire must be completely extinguished before leaving the site.

In the event a complaint is received, the Boardman Fire Department will 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 Boardman Township, please contact the Boardman Fire Prevention Bureau at 330-729-9535 or email