State urges precautions when burning outdoor to avoid fires

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state is urging Ohioans to take precautions when burning outdoors this fall to avoid unwanted fires.

Burning debris outdoors in unincorporated areas is prohibited under Ohio law from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during October and November.

Burning is limited in autumn because of the abundance of dry fuel such as grass, weeds, crops and fallen leaves.

State forester Robert Boyles says most wildfires in Ohio are caused by people burning trash and other debris outdoors.

The National Weather Service says unseasonably warm temperatures coupled with decreased relative humidity and moisture levels have created a heightened danger of grass, brush and field fires.

State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers says to avoid any open air burning if possible.

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