An ‘Open Burn Advisory’ has been issued for Darke County until further notice.
The advisory was implemented by the Darke County Association of Fire Chiefs, Inc. and our member departments, with the support of Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer.
The unusually dry conditions warrant such an advisory with respect to all types of outside open burning and fires. The National Weather Service and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; Division of Forestry have also issued fire watches for Northwestern and Southwestern Ohio.
We are asking homeowners, farmers, and the public to be especially cautious during this dry period. Residents are urged to take extra measures to prevent accidental fires to include:
1) Avoid burning of trash and debris.
2) Do not discard cigarettes or other smoking materials outdoors.
3) Do not have open cooking, campfires, or other recreational fires.
4) Charcoal from grills should not be removed until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished.
In addition, it is also strongly suggested that residents of Darke County attend public displays of fireworks being held within the county. Private fireworks are limited to trick and novelty devices such as sparklers and smoke producing devices and should be closely monitored while being utilized. All other types of consumer fireworks are prohibited by Ohio Law.
We are asking for cooperation and understanding from the residents of Darke County with respect to opening burning and fire safety in the unusually dry conditions present at this time. Please remember that the land or structure you own or inhabit or that of your neighbors could be lost if a fire were to get out of control and you could possibly be held civilly liable for your actions.