Lightning Strike Scorches 550-Acres in Carlton Reserve
By WILLIE CIRONE, Senior Correspondent | June 05, 2021 | FLORIDA
Story No. 060521100
Photo by CIRONE PHOTOSFirefighters try to hold the line during burnout operation.
Photo by CIRONE PHOTOSPatrolling the line after burn out.
Photo by CIRONE PHOTOSThe Plume could be seen for miles.
Photo by CIRONE PHOTOSExtreme fire behavior was the norm.
Photo by CIRONE PHOTOSSarasota County Engine holding the line on the Carlton Parkway.
Photo by CIRONE PHOTOSUnits taking smoke and putting out mutable spot fires.
Photo by CIRONE PHOTOSCrews were unable to save this garage with a Kubota UTV and other equipment in it.
Photo by CIRONE PHOTOSThis pole barn fell victim to the fire behavior
VENICE, FL - On June 5th, Sarasota County was kept busy with lightning strikes that caused multiple wild fires.
With rainfall well behind normal, temperatures above normal and humidity at record lows, firefighters have difficulty controlling the unusually dry vegetation. The state, already on a burn ban due to conditions, hadn’t seen rain in weeks.
The fire in Carlton Reserve was just one of many fires going on in the district. With such dry and windy conditions the fires were hard to control, and fire's behavior was extreme. The fire was held on the third day to 550-acres with no injuries, but a small garage and medium size barn were lost.
Agencies assisting with this wild fire were Sarasota County Burn Mitigation Team, Sarasota County FD, Venice FD, Nokmis Vol. FD and Florida Forestry. The park remained closed until the fire was declared under control.
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.