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Frederick County’s Annual Burn Ban In Effect

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(Credit: AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

(Credit: AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Frederick County’s annual burn ban is going into effect.

From Friday until Aug. 31, no open burning permits can be used or will be issued.

The annual ban first went into effect in 1995. It is designed to reduce high ozone levels during the summer months.

Violations can bring a fine of up to $500.

The Frederick News-Post reports that the ban does not apply to small recreational fires such as campfires or the use of barbecues and gas grills.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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