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Learn about prescribed fire at return of Sarasota County's Fire Fest

Learn about prescribed fire at return of Sarasota County's Fire Fest

SARASOTA COUNTY - Sarasota County's Fire Fest returns for its eighth year at T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve in Venice on Saturday, Jan. 29 to educate and inform the public about the importance of fire to the ecosystem.

Staff from Sarasota County Emergency Services along with Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, will demonstrate and discuss the process of why the county schedules prescribed burns, the benefits to native habitats and wildlife, and how the county manages wildfire.

Sarasota County continues its commitment to environmental stewardship by sharing with the community the value of prescribed burns in protecting public lands and surrounding areas through Fire Fest.

The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice.

Fire Fest will also feature local exhibitors, games for children, nature hayrides and light refreshments.

There will be a free raffle where attendees will have a chance to win original photography prints by Clyde Butcher and Paul Tilton.


WHAT: Sarasota County's Fire Fest.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29. 

WHERE: T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve, 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice.

FOR MORE INFORMATION/RSVP: Sarasota County Media Relations at or 941-861-NEWS (6397). 

For more information, or to learn about prescribed burns, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit

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