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Recreational burn ban issued in Sarasota County

Dry conditions prompt Sarasota County Fire Chief to issue a 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 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. 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 or visit