Coastal Manatee Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

Fire Weather Warning
Issued: 3:57 AM EDT Mar. 24, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Red flag warning remains in effect from noon today to 8 PM EDT
this evening for long durations of low relative humidity values
and high erc values...

The National Weather Service in Tampa Bay area - Ruskin FL has
issued a red flag warning, which is in effect from noon to 8 PM
EDT Saturday.

* Affected area... Pinellas... Polk... coastal Manatee... coastal
Charlotte... inland Manatee... inland Charlotte... inland Lee.

* Wind... south to southeast 5 to 10 mph. Turning southwest near
the coast in the afternoon.

* Humidity... 27 to 34 percent.

* Erc... 38 to 45.

* Impacts... any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
Outdoor burning is not recommended.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A red flag warning is issued when very favorable conditions for
the spread of wildfire are occurring now... or will occur within
24 hours.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now... .or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds... low relative humidity... and warm temperatures can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.