The Frederick County Health Department reminds county property owners that there is a ban on open burning in effect from June 1st through August 31st. No open burning permits can be used during this time period. This ban does not apply to small recreational fires such as campfires, the use of barbecues, or gas grills.
The annual ban, which is prescribed by the Maryland State Air Quality regulations, first went into effect in June 1995. The ban extends throughout the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Region and is designed to reduce the high ozone levels that affect the region during the summer months.