Red Flag Warning issued for parts of Tampa Bay

(WFLA) — With the extremely low humidity Monday, a Red Flag Warning has been issued for parts of Tampa Bay, Storm Team 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann says.

The Florida Forest Service indicates that areas along the coast will be in the Very High range of the Fire Danger Index, meaning “fires start easily from all causes and immediately after ignition, spread rapidly and increase quickly in intensity,” DeSoto County Emergency Management writes.

Experts recommend avoiding yard waste burning.

Fires burning in light fuels may quickly develop high intensity characteristics such as long-distance spotting and fire whirlwinds when they burn in heavier fuels. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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