The Office of the State Fire Marshal has seen numerous burn injuries as a result of open air burning this month. State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci would like to remind residents about the necessary steps to reduce their risk of injury while conducting an open air burn. “Burning a large pile of brush is not the same as having a small campfire,” said State Fire Marshal Geraci. “The scale of these fires means an increased chance of unintentional spread and flashback, which can cause injury or death. It is paramount that Marylanders who intend to conduct a burn follow the rules and regulations established by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.” When burning brush and other natural debris, you must ensure the following: There is a natural or constructed fire break at least 10 feet wide around the material to be burned that is free of flammable materials. Adequate personnel and equipment are present to prevent the fire from escaping, including access to water and a shovel with dirt or sand nearby. At least one responsible person remains at the location of the fire until the last spark is out. The burn follows all local requirements and regulations according to […]
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