As people look forward to spending time outdoors this spring, officials at the Frederick County Fire Marshall’s Office have banned outdoor burning activities due to dry weather.
“We have very dry weather right now. The humidity is very low, and we’re expecting some potentially 30 to 40 mile per hour winds later today, and in a effort to make sure we have a safe environment for our citizens, we have issued the burning ban,” said Frederick County Fire Chief Chip Jewell.
Officials said this time of year is more concerning as the seasons transition from winter to spring. It’s typically drier, which means fires can spread more rapidly.
Open land and mountains are significant areas of concern for fires.
“Any open area – you know, a lot of farmers working in their fields – you have to be very careful. Even a tractor exhaust can ignite a fire,” Jewell said.
Officials said wild fires can happen during any season, but are most common in early spring and the fall.
“Small fires can get out of control very quickly with a gust of wind, and we’ve seen that happen many times. So, in the abundance of caution, we’re asking people not to burn, so we’ve issued the burning ban for Frederick County,” Jewell said.
Officials said the ban is in place until the air becomes moister.