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Dry conditions prompt Sarasota County recreational burn ban

SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County Fire Chief Michael Regnier has issued a countywide recreational burn ban effective immediately due to the dry weather conditions and an increased chance of wildfire.

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.

"The only exception to the ban is cooking fires used on outdoor grills. Residents are reminded to never leave a grill unattended while cooking and ensure the grill is in a safe location. Before disposing of coals, it is important to ensure that the coals are completely cooled," Regnier said.

Should a wildfire erupt, nearby residents are urged to follow the directions from authorities, which may include evacuations in localized areas. We ask all residents to stay vigilant during these dry conditions.

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.