Public invited to Fire Fest at Carlton Memorial Reserve in South County

Family activities planned for Jan. 30 event

Fire Fest is set for Jan. 30. Photo courtesy Sarasota County
Fire Fest is set for Jan. 30. Photo courtesy Sarasota County

Sarasota County staff is inviting the public to attend 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,” the county has announced.

This year’s event is a culmination of Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, scheduled for Jan. 24-30. It will be “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,” a county news release says.

Among the features of Fire Fest will be prescribed burn demonstrations; helicopter water drops; children’s games; guided nature walks; remarks of a guest speaker and free refreshments.

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

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