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Air Quality     240-313-3400

The Health Department monitors and controls open burning and responds to various air quality complaints involving smoke, dust and odors.

Open burning, defined as the burning of any material burned in the open or in a receptacle other than a furnace, incinerator or other equipment connected to a stack or chimney, is regulated. Permits to burn are issued, or denied, after the air quality control officer conducts an evaluation of the materials proposed for burning. Download the Application For Open Burning here.

Materials that may be burned without prior authorization include campfires and warming fires for outdoor workers and leaves originating on the premises if the fire is located at least 200 feet from the nearest occupied structure and does not create dense smoke.

The burning of trash as a means of refuse disposal is prohibited in Washington County.

Whether or not a permit to burn is required, individuals should contact Washington County Division of Emergency Services before burning any material. This can help ensure adequate response in the event of mishap.

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Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Martin O'Malley, Governor | Anthony G. Brown, Lt. Governor

Last Updated 05/25/2011     © Washington County Health Department