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Any outdoor fire is considered open burning by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Open burning is permitted as long as the location of the burning is acceptable, other specific conditions are met, and when approval of the local fire department is obtained.

Accidental damage can occur when the open burning practice is uncontrolled. Fire can spread by flying embers to neighboring houses or outbuildings. Fire can also spread through grass and vegetation consuming structures and property. Many historic forest fires are believed to have resulted from careless open burning and unattended campfires. Regulations are in place to protect you and your neighbor’s property from accidental damage. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has specific laws governing the activity of open burning. The Clearcreek Fire District assists in the enforcement of these laws in Clearcreek Township and the City of Springboro.

Effective November 1, 2011 the rules concerning open burning in the State of Ohio have changed. In accordance with the Ohio Fire Code, the Clearcreek Fire District recognizes three types of open burning activity - a "recreational fire", an "open burn", and a "bonfire".

A “recreational fire” is an outdoor fire for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, or warmth purposes. No waste or trash may be burned. The total fuel area of the fire must be 3’ or less in diameter and 2’ or less in height. The fire must be not less than 25 feet from any structure, and provisions must be in place to prevent fire spread (water hose, fire extinguisher, etc). No permit is required for a recreational fire, however residents are encouraged to notify the Clearcreek Fire District of their burning activity in advance by calling (937) 748-2766. The firefighter receiving your call will in turn contact the dispatch center and advise them of the location of the recreational fire should the dispatcher receive any calls regarding it.

A “open burn” is an outdoor fire where products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air. The fire must be not less than 50 feet from any structure, and provisions must be in place to prevent fire spread (water hose, fire extinguisher, etc). Open burns require a permit from the Clearcreek Fire District. The permit can be obtained by calling the Clearcreek Fire District at (937) 748-2766. If the burning activity is to take place over more than one day, it is requested that the property owner contact the fire district each day prior to starting the fire. The firefighter receiving your call will in turn contact the dispatch center and advise them of the location of the open burn should the dispatcher receive any calls regarding it.

A “bonfire” is an outdoor fire utilized for ceremonial purposes, which must have a total fuel area of 5’ or less in diameter and 5’ or less in height. The fire must be not less than 50 feet from any structure, and provisions must be in place to prevent fire spread (water hose, fire extinguisher, etc). Bonfires require a permit from the Clearcreek Fire District. The permit can be obtained by calling the Clearcreek Fire District at (937) 748-2766. If the burning activity is to take place over more than one day, it is requested that the property owner contact the fire district each day prior to starting the fire. The firefighter receiving your call will in turn contact the dispatch center and advise them of the location of the bonfire should the dispatcher receive any calls regarding it.

Permits for open burns and bonfires can be issued for up to 30 days as long as the conditions of the burning activity do not change.

If at any time a fire is reported as a nuisance, a fire engine will be dispatched to investigate the situation. Fires that create or add to a hazardous or objectionable situation will be extinguished even if within the parameters above.

In some instances, due to extreme weather conditions and/or an increased threat of fire spread the Fire Chief may issue an order prohibiting all burning activity within the jurisdiction for a specified period of time.

If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact the Clearcreek Fire District at (937) 748-2766.


Fire and Life Safety Services
Clearcreek Fire District
925 South Main Street
Springboro, Ohio 45066
Voice: (937) 748-2766
Fax: (937) 748-2566