No person shall engage in or allow open burning, recreation fires, or fires, on any property within the City limits except as specifically permitted in, but not limited to, the Ohio Fire Code, the Ohio Revised Code Chapter 1503, Ohio Revised Code Section 3734.03, and the Ohio Administrative Code 3745. Guidelines for open burning, recreational fires, and fires including the above but not limited to, are as follows and shall be applied to the use of all properties:
   (a)   General. Open burning of leaves, grass, trees, debris, rubbish, garbage, trash, any material made of or coated with rubber, plastic, leather, petroleum based materials, flammable or combustible liquids and all other like materials is prohibited. No person shall ignite a fire in any field or grassed or wooded area. Burning of garbage is prohibited except in approved incinerators. Bonfires may be permitted only under the following conditions and subject to any air pollution law adopted by Federal, State or Municipal authority.
   (b)   Open Burning shall be allowed for the following purposes without notification to, or permission from, the Ohio EPA or a City of Seven Hills Fire Official;
      (1)   Heating tar, welding, acetylene torches, highway safety flares, heating for warmth of outdoor workers and strikers, smudge pots and similar occupational needs;
      (2)   Bonfires, campfires and outdoor fireplace equipment, whether for cooking food or human consumption, pleasure, warmth, recreational, or similar purposes, if the following conditions are met:
         A.   They are fueled with clean seasoned firewood, natural gas or equivalent, or any clean burning fuel with emissions that are equivalent to or lower than those created from burning of seasoned firewood;
         B.   They are not used for waste disposal purpose; and
         C.   They shall have a total fuel area of three feet or less in diameter and two feet or less in height.
   (c)   Attendance at Open Fires. A bonfire shall be constantly attended by a competent person until such fire is extinguished. Such person shall have fire extinguishing equipment readily available for use as deemed necessary by the Fire Official.
   (d)   Prohibited Bonfires. The Fire Official may prohibit any or all bonfires when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous or when such fires are or could be offensive or objectionable due to smoke or odor emissions. The Fire Official shall order the extinguishment, by the permit holder, or the Fire Department, of any bonfire which creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation.
   (e)   Any on-duty police officer or fire official of the City of Seven Hills is authorized to require a property owner or occupant to extinguish any recreation fire that does not comply with this section. The on-duty police offer or fire official is authorized to extinguish any fire which violates this section or otherwise poses a danger to persons or property.
      (Ord. 54-2010. Passed 7-26-10.)