The burn ban is in affect until Sept. 1st in most parts of Md.
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office is reminding residents that the open air burning ban remains in affect until September 1st. That means no burning should take place in an open receptacle, other than a furnace, incinerator, or equipment connected to a chimney.
The agency also says there are alternatives to burning such as composting, disposal in a landfill, recycling, or mulching.
But if you have to do any open air burning during the summer, authorities urge you to check with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and local health departments to see if permits are needed.
If you get the necessary permits, DNR urges you not to burn on windy days and have hand tools and a ready water supply on site. Never leave a fire unattended; clear the area around the fire for a minimum of ten feet; and burn at a safe distance from your home, shed or other structures. Fire officials also say never use gasoline as the fumes can ignite a cause serious injury or death.
The open air burning ban covers most counties in Maryland, including Frederick, Montgomery, Carroll and Howard. Other jurisdictions covered by the ban are Anne Arundel, Calvert, Cecil, Charles, Harford, Prince George's and Baltimore Counties, as well as Baltimore City.
The open air burning prohibition is enforced by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and violators could be faced with fines of up to $1,000, or one year in jail.
This prohibition does not cover backyard barbecues, or fires for recreational purposes, such as campfires. When the barbecue or campfire is over, fire officials remind you to soak the coals with lots of water, and make sure they are out cold.