North Florida Wildfire Smoke Plagues Tampa Bay Area

By Allison Mondell, CBS Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) –  South-blowing winds have brought smoke from a massive North Florida wildfire to the Tampa Bay area.

According to the Weather Channel, a 30,000 acre wildfire north of Jacksonville has been burning for the past four days.

The winds had been blowing the smoke over Jacksonville and toward the Atlantic, but they changed direction last night and began to blow south.

The National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings for most counties in the Bay area, including Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Sarasota and Charlotte.

Red flag warnings are put in place when  conditions, such as a lack of rain and low humidity, are inclined to start wildfires within 24 hours.

The Bay area counties are under the warning until 8 p.m. tonight.

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