Friday, April 27, 2012
Residents can resume recreational burning in accordance with county policies.
On Friday, county fire and health department officials lifted the ban on open burning that was put in place two weeks ago. Officials suspended issuing licenses to conduct open fires throughout the county on April 14 because of drought conditions and an increased risk of brush fires. The Anne Arundel County Health Department resumed issuing licenses to conduct open fires on Friday. Details from the press release follow: Although the open burning ban has been lifted, County Fire Officials are asking that residents continue to exercise caution and take the appropriate steps to avoid accidentally starting such fires: For more information on open fire restrictions, see the Department of Health's website.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Because of drought conditions, the Department of Health will not be issuing licenses for open fires until further notice.
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health, in consultation with the fire department, suspended issuing licenses to conduct open fires throughout the county on Friday because of drought conditions. The license suspension is in effect until further notice and all previously issued open burning licenses are suspended, according to the health department's website. The health department also recommends that residents suspend open recreational burning—including bonfires, campfires and backyard fires in fire pits—until after a significant rainfall. Earlier this week, the fire department issued a statement that recent spring temperatures and low humidity have created conditions that are “ideal” for brush fires. The National Weather Service (NWS…
Monday, April 9, 2012
The Odenton and Severn areas have been hit by several large fires in the last couple of years. Officials said conditions could mean more to come.
Just days after a brush fire scorched a patch of land near Maryland Route 32, county fire officials are warning that conditions are ripe for more. The current period of warm spring temperatures and low humidity have created conditions that are “ideal” for brush fires, according to a release from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Now in the third day of its red flag warning, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued the warning so firefighters and management agencies could be on the lookout for wildfires and brush fires. The NWS describes “red flag” conditions as having “explosive fire growth potential.” “With spring now upon us, warm weather brings dry vegetation that can result in brush fires that burn and spread quickly,” …