Ways to prevent brush fires from ignited on the Suncoast


SARASOTA COUNTY- Dozens of wildfires across the Suncoast this month, and people are to blame.
More brush fires have swept across our area this year because of dry conditions, but nature isn’t why hundreds of acres have gone up in flames.
Sarasota County Fire Supervisor of Mitigation, Jay Bailey, says they’ve been caused by children lighting matches, downed power lines and other incidents.
Bailey says check the FL Burn Tools app to see if it’s ok to have a fire.
But do clean your gutters, and make a buffer area around your house before the fire ever ignites.
Bailey says the brush fires will continue to pop up until the soil is saturated.

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Lynden Blake
Lynden Blake is an Auburn University graduate with a degree in journalism. As an aspiring sportscaster she has worked in many media outlets. She’s currently a news and sports reporter for Suncoast News Network in Sarasota, Florida. Previously she interned for Fox Sports Florida where she worked with the production team during Tampa Bay Rays games and freelanced for www.foxsports.com covering the Miami Heat during the 2015 NBA Summer League. She shadowed at WRBL News 3 in Columbus, Ga. her last semester in Auburn. Previously, she was a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers Inc. and did many television and radio gigs for Sportz Blitz and AHSAA Radio Network. As a Tigerette at Auburn she hosted the nation’s top football prospects on game-day visits and official visits during the off season. She has always had passion for sports as she was a three-sport athlete in high school playing softball and basketball and cheering for Benjamin Russell High School.