Free fire permits available, but burning leaves and yard waste not allowed in Vandalia

VANDALIA —Burning leaves may be a convenient way to dispose of them, but Vandalia fire officials are reminding residents that burning yard debris is not permitted in the city.

Vandalia Fire Chief Chad Follick said the fire division has been getting an unusual amount of calls regarding what is and isn’t allowed when it comes to open burning.

“We are getting an unusually large amount of complaints, more than I’ve ever had, about illegal burning or burning that has become a nuisance to neighbors,” said Follick. “We are urging people to get a permit.”

Follick said the permit tells his firefighters where to go if there’s a complaint rather than wasting valuable time trying to find a fire. The permits are free and can be filled out online here.

Follick stressed that the only open fires permitted are for recreational use only. They are limited to a size of 3 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet and cannot burn more than three hours. Recreational fires must burn dry, seasoned wood.

“With or without a permit, if a fire is a nuisance to neighbors, residents will be asked to extinguish the fire,” said Follick.

Click here to read the city’s open burn pamphlet.

Follick stressed that yard waste is not to be burned, but instead should take brush, limbs, and trees that are smaller than 12 inches in diameter to BR Mulch, Inc., 620 Ginghamsburg Road, Tipp City, OH, for disposal free of charge.

  • From March 1 through November 30, BR Mulch is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • From the second Saturday of March to the last Saturday of July, BR Mulch is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • From August through November, BR Mulch is open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • From the first Sunday in April through the last Sunday in June, BR Mulch is open on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This contract also allows City crews to dispose of leaves picked up during the annual leaf collection season at BR Mulch.

Vandalia residents must show proof of residency in order to dispose of yard waste at BR Mulch.

Questions about the city’s fire permits or open burn policy should be directed to the Fire Prevention Bureau at 937-898-2261.

Recreational fires are permitted in fire pits such as this one in Vandalia provided it meets size requirements. fires are permitted in fire pits such as this one in Vandalia provided it meets size requirements. File photo

Vandalia Fire Chief Chad Follick Fire Chief Chad Follick File photo

By Darrell Wacker


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