Fire Fest returns with controlled burn demonstrations
Sarasota County's Fire Fest returns for its seventh year to T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve in Venice on Saturday, Jan. 25.
The annual event aims to educate and inform the public about the importance of fire to the ecosystem. Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources and Emergency Services staff will share information on why the county schedules prescribed burns, their benefits to native habitats and wildlife, and how the county manages wildfire. There will also be demonstrations and explanations on the process of controlled burns.
The event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free to attend. There will also be hayrides, local exhibitors, an expanded game area for children, nature walks and refreshments. There will be a free raffle where attendees will have a chance to win several prizes, including an original print by Clyde Butcher, who is known for his black and white landscape photography.
Sarasota County is committed to environmental stewardship, and this event supports that commitment by demonstrating the value of prescribed burns in protecting public lands and surrounding communities.