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Hints of fall color starting to emerge



COLUMBUS – The beginning of October is ushering in an array of colors as Ohio begins its fall color transformation, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“Some fall color is developing slowly in pockets around the state;” said ODNR Fall Color Forester Casey Burdick. “Cottonwoods and sycamores are still hanging on to their yellow leaves while the black walnuts are starting to turn yellow.”

Ohioans should remember that Ohio is officially in its fall fire season. Ohio law states outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during October and November. This includes burning leaves, trash or even campfires. For more information on fall fire season in Ohio, go to forestry.ohiodnr.gov/wildfire.

People interested in staying up to date on where the most brilliant fall foliage will appear in the state should check out fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov, Ohio’s official guide to the changing colors. This website includes:

• Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure.

• Weekly videos from Burdick highlighting fall color hot spots around the state.

• Links to fall activities, scenic road trips, unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks and more.

Looking for some great fall getaway ideas? Get inspired by fall color tours, the aroma of apple butter simmering, the tastes of the fall harvest, the crunch of leaves underfoot and more at ohio.org/fall.

While people are enjoying the wonders of fall color in Ohio, we want to encourage Ohioans to share their outdoor experiences and earn incentives through the new Explore Ohio campaign. This initiative encourages Ohioans to spend time in the state’s beautiful natural spaces while becoming healthier in the process.

By visiting exploreoh.com, Ohioans have the opportunity to track their miles, share their photos and create friends groups as well as earn incentives once milestones are reached. Whether running, hiking, biking, climbing, walking or paddling, the ways for Ohioans to track their miles are endless. Don’t forget to use #ExploreOhio when posting to social media.

ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take fall color photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #OhioFall16. Follow @OhioDNR and @DiscoverOhio on Twitter, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Discover Ohio on Facebook and @OhioDNR, @OHStateParks and @Ohiogram on Instagram to see more fall color photos.



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