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Maryland Department of Natural Resources – Spring Wildfire Season Has Begun, Danger in Maryland Increases in Spring

Spring wildfire season has begun in Maryland, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges residents across the state to prepare and help prevent wildfires. Wildfire occurrence is highest in the spring and fall when forest fuels are the driest and weather conditions — warm, dry, and windy — are most conducive for the spread of fire. On days when this threat is most likely, the department will issue a “red flag” status. “We have already seen fire activity this season and urge residents to take precautions and be vigilant,” Maryland Forest Service State Fire Supervisor Chris Robertson said. “Our state and local firefighters are prepared for the season, and we ask the public’s help in preventing dangerous incidents that can threaten lives, property, and natural resources.” Each year, the Maryland Forest Service responds to an average of 122 wildland fires that burn 1,050 acres of forest, brush, and grasses. DNR also helps equip and train Maryland’s local volunteer fire companies to combat wildland fires through its Volunteer Fire Assistance Program. The leading cause of wildfires in Maryland is burning of debris or any kind of outdoor burning, which accounts for 30% of fires in the state. Lightning is the only natural source of fire ignition, […]

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