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 year the ban will begin Sunday, March 1. This ban includes burning of yard waste, trash, and debris, even in a proper burn barrel.
According to FEMA, outdoor fires peak in the spring, March and April. “…during these times the relative humidities are usually lower, winds tend to be higher, and the fuels are cured to the point where they readily ignite. Also hardwood leaves are on the ground providing more fuel, and allowing sunlight to directly reach the forest floor, warming and drying the surface fuels.”
They went on to say, “outdoor fires accounted for approximately 41 percent of all fires reported to fire departments. Outdoor fires resulted in an estimated 875 civilian injuries and 50 civilian deaths. Nationally, losses from outdoor fires are estimated at $154 million.”