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.
Burn bans had already been issued in Pasco,Hernando,Citrus,and Polk counties, along with several others throughout the state.
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 is reduced.
The only exception to the ban is cooking fires using outdoor grills. Residents are reminded to never leave a grill unattended while cooking and to ensure that the grill is in a safe location. Sarasota County Fire also says it's important to ensure that coals are completely cooled prior to disposing of them.
To reduce potential damage to structures during a wildfire, the Sarasota County Fire Department recommends homeowners create a clear and clean 30 foot buffer around all structures.
"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 remain vigilant during these dry conditions." Regnier said.
For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000, or visit www.scgov.net