The heat is on: Brush fire season starts early - FOX 13 News

The heat is on: Brush fire season starts early

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Don't let the cooler temperatures fool you. The risk for brush fires in Florida is pretty high right now because of the dry weather.

The lack of rain is leading to dry conditions in the Tampa Bay area, and there were four brush fires on Monday alone, including one near the Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater.

There were no injuries and no damage to homes. In Winter Haven, a brush fire closed some roads and firefighters swarmed a nearby smoke-filled neighborhood.

The peak season of brush fires in Florida is March through June, but this year it appears we're entering the season early. Whether that continues, officials say, depends on weather conditions and the choices people make.

Officials say about half of all wildfires are started by people.

So far, about 400 wildfires have torched about 5,000 acres.

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