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Firefighters caution residents about open burning consequences

| November 11, 2022
Firefighters from Tuscarawas County assisted with a large brush fire that burned for hours Thursday off Breezehill Rd SW in Stark County’s Pike Township.

DOVER (WJER) (Nov. 11, 2022)  – Local firefighters are welcoming the cooler, rainy conditions in the forecast after responding to multiple brush fires throughout the area in recent days.

Dover Fire Captain Mike Mossor is reminding residents that the state’s fall open burn ban is in effect in October and November during the daytime from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a reason.

“You could have a wildfire, a vegetation fire,” said Mossor. “There have been many, many in the county as a result of people ignoring the burn ban.”

Mossor says fines for violators from the state of Ohio can be very steep.

“If you have a fire and it moves beyond your property line, you will hear from the Department of Natural Resources most likely,” he said.

Mossor suggests visiting the State Fire Marshal or ODNR websites to learn more about open burning or calling the local fire department with questions.

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