SNOW HILL, Md.- Effective immediately, outdoor burning has been banned for an indefinite period of time in Worcester County.
All current burn permits have been rescinded until further notice.
The ban applies to all outdoor ignition sources, including ground-based sparkling devices, with the following exceptions: proper use of gas and charcoal grills, campfires at the county's commercial, state and federal campgrounds; permitted official Ocean City bonfires; and public fireworks displays with a state permit.
"Due to the county's recent dry conditions and the forecast for a continued extreme heat advisory, the Burn Ban is effective immediately," Worcester County Fire Marshal McMahon said.
"This ban should reduce the number of out-of-control outside fires, which cause safety concerns for area residents, visitors and especially responding personnel."
The ban will remain in effect until the dry conditions dissipate. For more information, contact Fire Marshal McMahon at (410) 632-5666.
Worcester County joins Dorchester, Somerset and Wicomico counties, which also have burn bans in effect.