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County burn ban remains in effect

April 19, 2006

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has lifted the statewide ban on open-air burning in three more counties in Maryland, but the ban remains in effect for Washington County, according to a DNR press release.

The ban, implemented March 31, has been lifted in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties, the release said.

The ban remains in effect in Allegany, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

These counties continue to experience lower-than-normal rainfall and are at a higher risk for large wildfire occurrence, according to the release. Since the extended weather forecast calls for above-normal temperatures and continued significant drying conditions, the ban will remain in effect in these counties until sufficient precipitation has been received.

The ban was lifted last week in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties, and in Baltimore City.

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For more information, go to www.dnr.state.md.us/dnrnews/infocus/fire_danger.asp.

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