BARTOW — The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Polk County.
This means that critical fire weather conditions are expected to occur today due to long durations of low humidity. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
A recreational burn ban has also been put in place for Sarasota County. There had already been one in place for Hernando, Pasco, Citrus and Polk counties.
Fire crews say low cut grass can catch on fire so smokers need to ensure their cigarettes are completely out and outside cooking should be kept inside a covered grill or pit.
There are also things you might not have thought of that cause fires. Lawnmowers and ATVs can start a fire. So can grills. Make sure coals are cooled before dumping. Cars backing into high grass areas and idling can also pose a fire threat. So can cars with catalytic converters.
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