Brush Fire Danger: ‘Red Flag Warning’ issued for Polk, parts of Manatee, Hernando counties

BARTOW, Fla. (WFLA) — The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Polk County. This means that critical fire weather conditions are expected to occur Friday due to long durations of low humidity.

Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

Even low cut grass can catch on fire, so smokers need to ensure they fully out cigarettes, outside cooking should be kept inside a covered grill or pit and the burn ban shouldn’t be violated. Parts of Manatee and Hernando counties are also under a Red Flag Warning (see graphic below).

Polk County remains under a burn ban. Any person who refuses to comply or violates this ban shall be in violation of County Ordinance 08-015, and can be punished by a find not to exceed $500 or by imprisonment by a term not to exceed 60 days in the county jail or both.

Governor Scott declared a state of emergency in Florida due to a high number of active wildfires.

Firefighters have battled hundreds of wildfires across the state over the past few weeks. Many wildfires have broken out recently in the Tampa Bay area.

 

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