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Feel the heat at 2017 Fire Fest, coming Feb. 4 to Carlton Reserve

Join Sarasota County at the 2017 Fire Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve.

Attendees will have a chance to see firsthand how prescribed burns protect communities from wildfire and maintain Florida's natural ecosystems. The event, which takes place at 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway in Venice, is free and open to the public.

This event is a fun opportunity for the entire 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.

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