Open Burn Guidelines

  1. Guidelines
  2. Vegetation
  3. Consequences
  4. Advice

Bonfire & Burning Guidelines

The Beavercreek Township Fire Department (BTFD) enforces the Ohio Fire Code's (OFC) Open Burn Guidelines which regulate what can and cannot be burned in the City of Beavercreek and Beavercreek Township. The BTFD has put together the following summary of Ohio's Open Burn Guidelines:

  • Ceremonial fires (bonfires) are permitted. Examples of ceremonial fires are flag decommissioning, Boy Scout ceremonies, etc. These fires may be a maximum of 5 feet in diameter and a maximum of 5 feet in height and can only burn for a maximum of 3 hours. This type of fire does require a permit from the fire department.
  • Recreational fires (cook-outs) are permitted in both the City of Beavercreek and Beavercreek Township. Recreational fires cannot be larger than 3 feet in diameter and a maximum of 2 feet in height and can only burn for a maximum of 3 hours. This type of fire does not require a permit.

Regulations

There are a few regulations you should be aware of for any type of open burn:

  • The burning of materials containing rubber, grease, asphalt, liquid petroleum products, plastics, or building material is prohibited.
  • Contact the Beavercreek Police / Fire Dispatch before you start burning at 937-426-1211.
  • Fire pits and charcoal grills do not generally fall under the category of an open burn. However, only clean wood or charcoal should be used in a fire pit or grill.
  • Have adult supervision at all times.
  • Have the means to extinguish the fire close by (garden hose, fire extinguisher, or a bucket of sand or dirt).
  • Make sure the area around the fire is clear of all combustibles and that the open burning is no closer than 25 feet to any structure for recreational fires and 50 feet for bonfires (ceremonial fires). Fires in containers (warming fires) shall be a minimum of 15 feet from a structure.
  • Never burn yard waste (grass, tree limbs, leaves, etc.), garbage, furniture, asphalt shingles, construction waste, tires, plastic, or dead animals.
  • Only use clean, dry wood for the fire.
  • Open burning shall be prohibited when an air alert, warning, or emergency is in effect.

Also, be aware that even if your fire is within the legal limits, there are still some instances where the fire department will ask you to extinguish the fire. Those instances include if smoke from a fire is bothering a neighbor or creating a roadway hazard.