Legal-Ease: Spring cleaning and trash fires

As spring cleaning is upon us, many in our region will want to burn combustible trash outside. In the state of Ohio, no burning is allowed between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the months of March, April, May, October and November unless the fire is in a plowed field. These months of the year are particularly dangerous for outdoor fires.

Ohio has a number of laws in place for burning outside, and municipalities and counties often regulate fires as well.

Many of us will soon begin spring cleaning and desire to burn our combustible trash outside. There are laws that govern how, when and where we can trash burn outside.

Statewide, no burning is allowed during the day, specifically between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., during the months of March, April, May, October and November, unless the fire is in the middle of a plowed (presumably moldboard plowed) field outside a municipality.

Read more about spring cleaning and trash fires in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Spring cleaning and trash fires

Source:, “Legal-Ease: Spring cleaning and trash fires,” by Lee R. Schroeder, March 9, 2019

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

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