Caution Urged on Open Burning

Fall Wildfire Season

Sunbury News Staff

COLUMBUS – Ohioans are reminded to be aware of the state’s outdoor burning regulations and take necessary precautions if they are planning to burn debris this fall, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Ohio law states outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of November. Burning is limited in the fall due to the abundance of dry fuel on the ground in the form of grasses, crops and crop debris, weeds and fallen leaves. Winds can make a seemingly safe fire burn more intensely and escape control.

If a fire does escape control, immediately contact the local fire department. An escaped wildfire, even one burning in grass or weeds, is dangerous. Violators of Ohio’s burning regulations are subject to citations and fines. Residents should also check the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regulations and consult with local fire officials about burning conditions.

The ODNR Division of Forestry offers these safety tips for burning debris outdoors:

  • Consider using a 55-gallon drum with a weighted screen lid to provide an enclosed incinerator.
  • Know current and future weather conditions, have tools on hand and never leave a debris burn unattended.
  • Be informed about state and local burning regulations.
  • Consult the local fire department for additional information and safety considerations.
  • Visit and for more information and tips on protecting a home and community.
  • Remember: “Only you can prevent wildfire!”

The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit

ODNR Presents Conservation Honor to Ducks Unlimited

COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) presented the ODNR Cardinal Award to Ducks Unlimited, the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

“We are fortunate to have partners like Ducks Unlimited to assist us in our pursuit and promotion of conservation projects across Ohio,” said ODNR Director Jim Zehringer. “They have been instrumental in helping us further ODNR’s mission to protect Ohio’s natural resources now and for future generations.”

Ducks Unlimited started as a habitat conservation organization 80 years ago with the vision of having wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. Ducks Unlimited projects are designed to maximize the amount and quality of migration, breeding and wintering waterfowl habitats, as well as improve conditions for waterfowl production. These projects also help to improve water quality for local residents.

“Ducks Unlimited is honored to receive the Cardinal Award,” David Brakhage, director of Ducks Unlimited’s Great Lakes/Atlantic Region, said. “Our successful relationship with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has resulted in healthier wetland habitat for ducks, wildlife and Ohio residents. We are proud to consider the ODNR a partner in wetland conservation.”

Here in Ohio, Ducks Unlimited’s conservation programs have restored and enhanced more than 87,000 acres of wetlands and adjacent habitat, investing almost $30 million along the way in our state. Projects include restoring depleted wetlands in the northwest and protecting intact wetlands in the northeast to conserving land along the vital Scioto River corridor. Through their Great Lakes Initiative, Ducks Unlimited addresses multiple habitat types and provides abundant resources for breeding, migrating and wintering waterfowl.

Ducks Unlimited was nominated for the Cardinal Award by Mike Miller, chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife. The department’s Cardinal Award honors individuals and organizations demonstrating exceptional awareness and concern for ideals reflected in the department’s mission statement.
Fall Wildfire Season

Sunbury News Staff

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at