OPEN BURN POLICY

The Laws for open burning that apply to the Township can be found here. Any fire classified as a Barbecue, Campfire, Ceremonial and cooking fire is not a regulated type fire and is permitted in the Township. Some regulations do apply and are shown below. Any other type is covered by Ohio Burn and EPA laws. 

 

LOCAL EPA CONTACT IS

Primary Contact 

Ciara Wagner 

Environmental Compliance Specialist 

513-946-7715

ciara.Wagner@hamilton-co.org

southwestohioair.org

Kerri Castlen 
Permits and Enforcement Assistant Section Manager
Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency
A division of the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services 

250 William Howard Taft Road

Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
p 513.946.7738
f  513.946.7778

kerri.castlen@hamilton-co.org
SouthwestOhioAir.org

Is "Open Burning" permitted in MONROE Township?

Yes, as long as the following safety precautions are met:

  • The location of the open burning is greater than 50 feet from any structure and provisions are made to prevent fire from spreading within 50 feet of any structure. These fires are defined as "bonfires". 

  • Exceptions to burn within 50 feet of a structure are for fires defined as "recreational fires". A recreational fire is an outdoor fire that is burning seasoned wood (not rubbish) and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height. A recreational open burn is permitted 15 feet from a structure if it is in an approved container. A recreational open burn that is not in an approved container is permitted 25 feet from a structure or combustible material, as long as provisions are made to prevent fire from spreading within 25 feet of any structure or combustible material.