Mulch Fire Standard Operating Procedure

Mulch fires on the University of Maryland Baltimore campus are generally a nuisance type of fire that pose little if any threat to University buildings, staff, faculty, students or visitors.  Most fires occur during normal business hours.  The Department of Environmental Health and Safety will cooperate with Facilities Management, and the university Landscape contractor to respond to mulch fires on campus.  The following procedures will apply to reports of fires on University of Maryland Baltimore property:

If a mulch fire is reported to University Police, they will:

  1. If appropriate, send officers to secure the area
  2. Contact work control (6-7570) (Work Control will contact the landscape crew)
    1. Report location
  3. Contact EHS (6-7055)

If mulch fire is reported to Work Control, they will:

  1. Contact University Policy (711) or (6-6882)
  2. Contact the Landscape crew
  3. Contact EHS (6-7055)


  1. Landscape Crew
    1. Assemble pre-designated personnel and equipment
    2. Respond to location of reported mulch fire
    3. Extinguish fire
  2. EHS
    1. Respond to location of reported mulch fire
    2. Supervise and assist in extinguishing fire
    3. Determine when fire is extinguished and release landscape personnel.

Before 7:30 a.m. or after 4:30 p.m. weekdays or on weekends:  Contact Baltimore City FD