Gallipolis FD warns of ‘restricted burning season’

Staff Report

April 10, 2014

GALLIPOLIS — The Gallipolis Fire Department recently issued a statement in regard to the current restricted burning season, and advised residents to be mindful of the law about outside open burning.

Gallipolis Fire Chief Keith Elliott said residents who want to burn yard waste, brush, trash or any materials outside, should wait until after 6 p.m. each day.

“That’s not only safer, it’s what your local fire department wants — and it’s the law,” Elliott said.

Elliott said that Ohio has “restricted burning seasons” each year — once in the spring and once in the fall due to drier and windy weather conditions during daytime hours. With these conditions, an outside fire is much more likely to spread and become out of control. As winds usually calm down during the evening, residents are permitted to perform outside burning as fires will be less likely to spread after 6 p.m.

The current restricted burning season is in effect from March to May and includes no open burning, including yard waste or trash, even if it is in a burn barrel, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Burning after 6 p.m. is permitted as long as the person burning has the landowner’s permission, remains with the fire while it is burning and takes all reasonable precautions to prevent the fire from escaping.

Open burning is also prohibited year around within the city or village corporation limits, or within 1,000 feet of a city or village corporation limits, unless the fire is used for heating, cooking or by permit.

The fire department also recommends that people notify the dispatch center of intent to have a controlled burn. The non-emergency number for the dispatch center is (740) 446-3422. Letting the dispatch center know about a planned fire in advance may help eliminate an unnecessary response from the local fire department.