Due to extreme heat and near drought-like conditions, County Executive Richard M. Pollitt, Jr. has placed a burning ban in effect for Wicomico County. All outdoor burning is prohibited with the exception of the use of gas or charcoal grills and the staging of professional fireworks displays. Burning ban violations carry a $500 fine per incident. Burning ban enforcement is administered by the County Planning and Zoning Code Enforcer. Citizens are advised to call Planning and Zoning at 410-548-4860 to report violations.
Pollitt said that all burning permits are voided during the ban and that the Health Department will not be issuing burning permits until further notice.
The Wicomico County Executive has the authority to issue a burning ban for 7 days. Extending the ban involves concurrence by the Wicomico County Council.