Sarasota's Countywide recreational "burn ban" remains in effect
Sarasota County Acting Fire Chief Mike Hartley has issued a countywide recreational burn ban effective immediately due to the dry weather conditions and an increased chance of wildfires.
In accordance with Sarasota County's open burning ordinance, the mandatory burn ban will remain in effect until weather conditions change and the chance of wildfire decreases.
Recreational fires in Sarasota County are defined as any non-commercial burning of approved fuel for pleasure, religious, or ceremonial reasons. This includes campfires, bonfires and any open fires not specifically permitted by Florida Forest Service.
The only exception to the ban is cooking fires used on outdoor grills.
"Remember when you do use a grill to only use it outdoors, in a safe location, away from your home or other buildings. Never leave a grill unattended while cooking. Before disposing of coals, be sure that the coals are completely cooled," Hartley said.
Should a wildfire occur, nearby residents are urged to follow the directions from authorities, which may include evacuations in localized areas. Sarasota County Fire Department asks all residents to stay vigilant during these dry conditions.
For more information, call 311 in Sarasota County or visit scgov.net.