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Feel the heat at 2016 Fire Fest, coming Jan. 30 to Carlton Reserve

Join Sarasota County at the 2016 Fire Fest on Saturday, Jan. 30, at T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve, where attendees will have a chance to see firsthand how prescribed burns protect our communities from wildfire and maintain Florida's natural ecosystems.

This year's event is a culmination of Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, Jan. 24-30, and is a fun opportunity for the whole family to learn how fire is used carefully and effectively on Sarasota County's natural lands, and how fire actually benefits the plants and animals that inhabit these areas.

Activities at Fire Fest include:

  • Prescribed burn demonstrations
  • Helicopter water drops
  • Games for kids
  • Guided nature walks
  • A special guest speaker
  • Free food and more

This fun and free family event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Carlton Reserve, 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice.

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