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Posted on: October 1, 2019

State of Ohio issues burn ban beginning Oct. 1 and ending Nov. 30

Grass Fire

Starting today, October 1, the state of Ohio has issued a ban on burning from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. The statewide burn ban ends on November 30.

Xenia Fire Division says residents should exercise extreme caution when they do burn materials due to the current drought conditions and continued heat.

Fires should never be left unattended and should also be placed a proper distance from structures. If you do need to burn material, firefighters say you should have an 'extinguishing agent' close by. The Xenia Fire Division said there is no local ban on burning after 6 p.m.

The City of Xenia does not allow residents to burn yard waste materials at anytime. Recreational fires are permitted, but must follow the rules below:

  • The only material that can be burned is clean dry wood as a fuel source.
  • (No yard waste or rubbish materials or prohibited materials defined by the OAC may be burned at anytime).
  • If the fire is contained in an approved container such as an outdoor fireplace, barbecue pit, etc. the fire must be at least 15 feet from a structure or combustible materials.
  • For an open fire not contained, the fire must be at least 25 feet from a structure, wood fence, neighboring structure or combustible materials. Conditions that could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of the fire must be eliminated prior to ignition of a fire.
  • The fire must be constantly attended while burning and must be extinguished if it is not attended. A portable fire extinguisher with a minimum of a 4A rating or garden hose, bucket of sand or other suitable means for extinguishing the fire must be provided.
  • The fire must not create an offensive or objectionable condition that interferes with the neighboring residents’ use and enjoyment of their property. If this occurs, the Fire Division is required to order the person responsible for the fire to extinguish the fire or extinguish it itself.
  • The Fire Division is required to extinguish fires, which create hazardous conditions.

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