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Worcester County, Maryland Government Website - www.co.worcester.md.us

Currently there is NO Burn Ban in effect in Worcester County

HOWEVER THERE IS A RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FOR THE AREA - April 23, 2014. (Click Here)

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT
THIS EVENING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR THE LOWER
MARYLAND SHORE...

* WINDS...NORTHWEST 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.
* HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS 25 PERCENT.
* FUEL MOISTURE...LESS THAN 8 PERCENT
* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF DRYING VEGETATION...LOW RELATIVE
  HUMIDITY...AND GUSTY WINDS WILL CREATE CONDITIONS FAVORABLE
  FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND SPREAD OF WILDFIRES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL
CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

 
April 17, 2014 - Two Rescued From Berlin House Fire, Four Emergency Personnel Treated
Written by Jeff McMahon   
Friday, 18 April 2014 09:10

117 Branch Street, Berlin, MDThe Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a residential house fire at 117 Branch Street in Berlin, Maryland.  The fire was reported at 6PM on Thursday evening, April 17, 2014.  Arriving firefighters found the two story home with heavy smoke showing and fire venting from the front of the house.  The fire was dispatched with possible entrapment and prior to the fire department's arrival; two Berlin Police Officers rescued a 6 year old girl by breaking a window and pulling her to safety.  However, the girl’s 31 year old mother, Tocarra Derrickson was trapped on the second floor.  Her location was known because personnel on the ground could see her and she was on the phone with 911 at the time of the fire.  Ms. Derrickson eventually collapses, but was rescued by fire personnel.  She was transported to AGH and then flown to John Hopkins.  At 1AM this morning she was released from John Hopkins but admitted to Bayview Burn Center in Baltimore where she remains in critical but stable condition.  Two Berlin Police Officers were taken to AGH for inhalation of smoke and two Berlin Firefighters were transported to AGH and treated for injuries and released.  The house is owned by Gerald and Marcelle Derrickson.  Their daughter, the fire victim, and her two children ages 8 and 6 also reside at the house.  Only the victim and her 6 year old daughter were home at the time of the fire.  Firefighters from Berlin, Showell, Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Newark Volunteer Fire Companies responded to the alarm.  The investigation is continuing.  Anyone with information is asked to call 410.632.5666.

 

 
April 14, 2014 - Mobile Home Fire in Berlin
Written by Matt Owens   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:38

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a mobile home fire located at 9745 Peach Lane, Berlin, Maryland in Worcester County.  At approximately 12:10 pm on April 14, 2014 the Berlin Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a reported outside fire near the above mentioned address.  Upon their arrival, they observed smoke and fire extending from the front yard of this address and the fire had extended into a mobile home located at this address.  The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire is listed as accidental, caused by burning in a burn barrel which got out-of-control.  The property involved in the fire is owned by Pamela Smack.  Anyone with additional qusetions is asked to contact Chief Deputy Matthew Owens at 410-632-5666 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
April 12, 2014 - Woods Fire in Bishopville
Written by Matt Owens   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:31

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a woods fire located at 12212 Cygnet Lane, Bishopville, Maryland in Worcester County.  At approximately 6 am on April 12, 2014 the Bishopville Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a reported outside fire near the above mentioned address.  Upon their arrival, they observed smoke extending from a wooded area adjacent to Cygnet Lane.  The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the wooded area.  The cause of the fire is listed as undetermined and the investigation is continuing.    Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Chief Deputy Matthew Owens at 410-632-5666 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
March 26, 2014 - Recovered Explosive in Berlin
Written by Robert Korb, Jr.   
Monday, 31 March 2014 12:33

The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office assisted the Worcester County Sheriff's Office with the identification and recovery of two homemade explosives in the Porfin Drive area of Berlin. One of the devices was located detonated in a mailbox. The investigation is also being jointly conducted with the United States Postal Service. The Fire Marshal's Office is asking anyone with any additional information to contact the office at 410-632-5666, you can remain anonymous.

 
April 3, 2014 - Berlin House Fire Displaces Occupant
Written by Rodney Sharpley   
Friday, 04 April 2014 14:26

On April 3, 2014 at approximately 10:10PM the Berlin Volunteer Fire Company assisted by Ocean Pines, Showell, and Newark Fire Companies responded to a reported residential structure fire located at 231 Williams Street, Berlin, Maryland. First units on the scene reported fire showing from side "C" of the residence. Fire was brought under control approximately 45 minutes after arrival. The residence is owned by Savannah Ancheta and is occupied by her son Justin Ancheta. The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office conducted an investigation into the origin and cause of the fire. Results of the investigation indicate the fire was accidental in nature and originated in the rear bedroom of the residence and the cause is contributedf to the improper use of an electrical extension cord. Anyone with questions or further information can call 410.632.5666 or send email to Deputy Fire Marshal Rodney Sharpley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
March 24, 2014 - Structure Fire in Berlin
Written by Robert Korb, Jr.   
Monday, 31 March 2014 12:08

The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office investigated a structure fire on Monday March 24, 2014. The Berlin Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched to 9522 Ironshire Station Road at 10:59 AM. Upon arrival, crews observed a single story residential type structure well involved with fire. It took crews approximately one hour to bring the fire under control and remained on scene for almost two performing overhaul. The structure was owned and occupied by Edwin Hastings. The fire was determined to have been accidental and contributed by a heating appliance placed too close to furniture. The building was being used for storage and not as a residence. No injuries were reported. Anyone with any additional questions should contact Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Korb, Jr.

 
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