The Maryland Forest Service has the responsibility of Forest Fire Protection. The following regulations apply to activities in woodland, and within 200 feet of woodland, or activities adjacent to or within an area where flammable materials, that could ignite and carry fire to woodland, are located. These regulations do not apply inside the limits of incorporated towns or to small recreational fires such as campfires.
A person may not engage in open air burning except under the following conditions:
In addition to the requirements of this regulation, a person engaged in open air burning shall comply with all other requirements of other state and local jurisdictions.
To obtain a Maryland DNR Forest Service Open Air Burning permit contact your local Forest Service Office.
Under prolonged or unusual conditions conducive to the easy starting and spread of wildfire, the Director may declare a complete ban on all open air burning in woodland or in areas of flammable material likely to carry fire to woodland, through the state or in any specific area.
Prescribed Burning may be conducted in compliance with the above regulations. A
written Prescribed Burn Plan will need to be submitted to the Forest Service for
approval. See the below links for policy and forms:
Read the full Forest Fire Protection regulations as written in the Code of Maryland Regulations.
Open air burning brochure
Open air burning brochure - Spanish version
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)