Open Burns in Middletown

What You Can Burn In Your Neighborhood

 We receive complaints and occasionally structure fires that result from open burns within the city limits.

 Ohio Law & Middletown Ordinance limits what & where you can open burn within the city limits.

The following fires are allowed where there is less than 1,000 feet from where you want to burn and a neighboring inhabitable structure.  You may have a fire for cooking, warmth, pleasure, ceremonial, or similar purposes as long as:

  • You burn only clean, dry, seasoned firewood;
  • The fire is not used for waste disposal;
  • The fire must be at least 25 feet from any structure and a way of extinguishing the fire must be readily available;
  • The fire must be attended to at all times while the fire is burning and all combustibles surrounding the fire pit must be cleared away;
  • The fire is no larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high;
  • If there is a complaint from a neighbor, the fire department can order the fire to be put out if there is objectionable smoke or odor being emitted from the fire;
  • Bonfires are only allowed if a permit has been obtained from the Middletown Division of Fire


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 Remember also that when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous, the fire department shall prohibit them until conditions improve.

If you have any questions, call the Middletown Division of Fire at 513-425-7996 or contact them by email at

Have a great weekend!

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