As spring approaches, many of us have a desire to get outside and take care of cleaning up yard-waste that may have accumulated over the late fall and winter season.  Clearing yard waste may be beneficial to your yard if done in the proper manner.  If debris is to be removed, please place it in approved paper bags for removal.  Please do not form a pile and burn the yard waste.

Below is information from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry as well as the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency that outline Ohio’s burn laws.

For questions, please contact the Refugee-Canyon Joint Fire District at 740.928.4721 or

Contact Ohio Division of Forestry 1-877-247-8733.


Ohio Revised Code 1503.18

Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry prohibits outdoor open burning and prescribed fires in the months of March, April, May, October, and November between 6am and 6pm. This ban includes burning of yard waste, trash, and debris, even in a proper burn barrel.

Even outside the time and date restrictions, any person conducting a burn must obtain landowner permission, remain with the fire while it is burning, and take all reasonable precautions to prevent the fire from escaping.


Ohio Administrative Code 3745.19 is enforced by the Ohio EPA. Notification is required for many types of open burns in Ohio.

NEVER to be burned at any time or any place in Ohio:

  • Food waste
  • Dead animals
  • Materials containing rubber, grease, asphalt, or made from petroleum

Other Restrictions:

  • Fires must be more than 1000 feet from neighbor’s inhabited building
  • No burning when air pollution alert, warning, or emergency is in effect
  • Fire/smoke cannot obscure visibility on roadway, railways, or airfields
  • No waste generated off the premises may be burned
  • No burning within village or city limits or restricted areas

Contact Ohio EPA: (614) 644-2270 or Ohio EPA Open Burning.


As always, feel free to contact the Refugee-Canyon Joint Fire District (providing fire and EMS for Hebron and Union Township) with your questions regarding the laws of Ohio with respect to burning regulations in the state.  We are most happy to help answer your questions.

Clifford L. Mason
Fire Chief
Refugee-Canyon Fire District