No outdoor fires are permitted except recreational fires.
Frederick, Md (KM) The open burning ban takes affect June 1st, and continues through August 31st. The Frederick County Health Department says open burning permits cannot be used during that period of time.
The annual burn ban required by the Maryland State Air Quality regulations covers the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Region, and is designed to reduce high ozone levels which affect the area during the summer, making for better air quality.
The open burning ban does not prohibit campfires, and the use of barbecues and gas grills. The burning of household trash is not allowed any time of the year.
The Health Department reminds residents a permit is needed before any outdoor burning takes place. They can be obtained from the Health Department’s Environmental Health Office, 350 Montevue Lane. An application can be printed from on line at http://health.frederickcountymd.gov/344Open-Burn-Permit. Citizens fill it out, and mail it to the Health Department with their check.
Violators of the open burn ban can face fines of up to $500 under the Frederick County code, or up to $25,000 under Maryland state law.
Citizens who have questions or want more information can call the Environmental Health Services Division at 301-600-1717.
By Kevin McManus