Fire Fest planned at Carlton Reserve on Jan. 28

Event to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sarasota County’s Fire Fest will return on Saturday, Jan. 28, to educate and inform members of the community “about the importance of prescribed fire to the ecosystem,” county staff has announced.

Throughout the event at T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve in South County, staff with Sarasota County’s Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources and Emergency Services departments will demonstrate why the county schedules prescribed burns, the benefits of fire to native habitats and wildlife and how the county manages wildfire, a news release explains.

Through Fire Fest, the release adds, Sarasota County staff “continues its commitment of environmental stewardship” by sharing with residents and visitor the value of prescribed burns in protecting public lands and surrounding areas.

The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway in Venice, the release notes. Along with the educational aspects of the event, staff will present local exhibitors and provide games for children, as well as light refreshments, the release says.