Sarasota County Fire officials monitor wildfire conditions | Environment
Sarasota, Florida -- Due to the continued drought and low-humidity conditions, Sarasota County fire officials are monitoring wildfire conditions.
Sarasota County Assistant Chief of Fire Operations John Elwood urges residents to take precautions to help prevent wildfires:
* Avoid any outdoor burning such as campfires or trash burning
* Watch barbeque grills at all times and make sure ashes are cold before disposing
* Keep the area around your house clear of flammable material such as debris and firewood
* Keep your roof and gutters clear of leaves and pine needles
* Don't throw cigarette butts out of the car windows. There is an ordinance against discarding cigarette butts and ashes from vehicles
* When driving in smoky conditions, reduce your speed accordingly and use low-beam headlights
* Check your smoke detectors and make sure they are working. Sarasota County has a program to provide free smoke detectors to those who cannot afford them
For more information about wildfires, visit www.firewise.org, or www.scgov.net, keyword search All Hazards, or contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000. For more information about Sarasota County's free smoke detector program, contact the Fire Prevention Office at 941-861-2290.