Md. Burn Ban in Effect, Violators Could Face Hefty Fines

- FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - Fire officials are reminding the public about the burn ban now in effect for certain Maryland counties. They say it’s important to know how the ban could impact you.

“The only burning that will be allowed are small campfires, BBQ grills. As far as the city [of Frederick] is concerned, they take it a step further and there is no burning whatsoever. You can use gas grills or BBQ grills in the city but you cannot have camp fires or any other recreational fires,” said Lt. Jeff Shippey of Frederick County Fire and Rescue.

Fire and rescue says the dry, windy weather of the summer months can make it easy for a small fire to spread quickly. The Health Department is also behind the burn ban, and says it’s also a measure to protect the environment and your well-being.

“Those particulars that come from that impact the ozone and as you’re familiar with can cause higher risk for folks with asthma, respiratory illnesses,” said Alicia Evangelista of the Frederick County Health Department.

Fire officials say if you live in Frederick County, Maryland you can have a camp fire, as long as it fits under the ban’s guidelines.

“Usually what they say is 3 ft. by 3 ft., by 3 ft. high. If it's that type of fire its okay to have it, if it's anything bigger than that it should be extinguished,” said Lt. Shippey.

If you’re caught burning during this time period you could face several fines up to $500 from the county and up to $25,000 from the state.

The burn ban is in effect for certain Maryland counties now through August 31, 2014. 

Counties affected by this ban: 
  • Frederick County
  • Anne Arundel County
  • Baltimore County
  • Calvert County
  • Carroll County
  • Cecil County
  • Charles County
  • Harford County
  • Howard County
  • Montgomery County
  • Price George's County
  • Baltimore City 

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