Open Burning

Rules and Regulations Governing Ceremonial and Cooking Fires

Outdoor Burning Regulations

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 ours, 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′ by 3′ by 2′ (high) in size. The fire must be a minimum of 25 feet from structures/combustible material.
  • Fires must be attended at all times and have a means of extinguishment for the duration of the burning. The fire must be completely extinguished before leaving the site.

In the event that a complaint is received, the Boardman 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 Boardman Township please contact the Boardman Fire Prevention Bureau.

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.

Or visit: Ohio EPA

Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry

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.