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.
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…