Outdoor Burn Ban in Effect in Worcester County


All outdoor burning in Worcester County is now banned for an indefinite period of time. Worcester County Fire Marshal Matthew Owens issued the burn ban due to the county’s dry conditions. He says the ban should reduce the number of out-of-control, outside fires, which cause safety concerns for area residents, visitors, and especially responding fire personnel. The burn ban went into effect April 24th and will remain in effect until the dry conditions dissipate.

In addition, all existing outdoor burn permits have been rescinded.

Additional Information from Worcester County:

The ban applies to all outdoor ignition sources, with the following exceptions:

• Proper use of gas and charcoal grills
• Campfires at the county’s commercial properties
• State and federal campgrounds
• Permitted official Ocean City bonfires
• Private property recreational campfires, which are limited to a fire area of two feet, with a height of three feet
• Public fireworks displays
• Volunteer fire company training exercises