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Each year in Ohio, an average of 800 wildfires burn 4,000 to 5,000 acres of forest and grassland within ODNR Division of Forestry's forest fire protection district. The protection district includes all 185,000 acres of Ohio's 20 State Forests, as well as all privately owned lands within the district boundaries. A wildfire is any uncontrolled fire with extensive size and speed in a combustible vegetative area. The danger of wildfires is that they are unpredictable, especially when weather conditions are warm, dry, and windy and the topography of the area is uneven.

For more information, see the section on wildfires in the State Hazard Mitigation Plan: Section 2.7

Reference Links

Wildfire in Ohio

ODNR's forestry page where you will find information on wildfires in Ohio.

Wildfire Prevention

Use this Storm Event database to find various types of storms recorded in your county or use other selection criteria as desired.

Burning Laws

CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow).