AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Over the weekend, WKBN 27 First News received several calls about concerns with burning leaves.
Austintown Fire Chief Andy Frost said there are state and local rules about open burning in Ohio communities.
Anyone living inside a city or village cannot burn agricultural waste with a permit from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, which includes brush, weeds, grass and leaves. EPA OPEN BURNING REGULATIONS
Event those that live outside of those types of municipalities still must have a permit to openly burn leaves and debris. But Frost says, residents are allowed to have a recreational fire. ALLOWABLE ITEMS TO BURN
“A recreational fire is 3 foot by 3 foot high and has to be burning clean, dry wood. You can’t take all of your twigs that you just cut that are green still or leaves to throw on that because that puts it into the air,” Frost said.
Frost said communities have different regulations on open burning, so it’s important to check with your local fire department.
Officials with the Ohio EPA say open burning can release toxic fumes. Burning leaves and other plant material sends toxins and other spores into the air, triggering allergies and respiratory problems in sensitive people.
“In an area like ours where you have neighbors close by, we get a lot of complaints of folks who are having problems with COPS (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and it’s irritating their lungs,” Frost said.