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Lightning Strike Scorches 550-Acres in Carlton Reserve

By WILLIE CIRONE, Senior Correspondent | June 05, 2021 | FLORIDA

Story No. 060521100

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.