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Fire, Volume 2, Issue 2 (June 2019) – 20 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Lightning is responsible for 56% of the acreage burned each year by wildfire. Nearly half of [...] Read more. Lightning is responsible for 56% of the acreage burned each year by wildfire. Nearly half of lightning-initiated wildfires smolder for several days before being reported or observed by satellite, which can pose challenges to fire response. The use of precision lightning data aids in the forensic reconstruction of lightning-initiated events to determine the time and location of the fire starting flash. This paper demonstrates methodologies to associate lightning to wildfires, provides characteristics of parent lightning flashes for ~700 lightning-initiated wildfire events, examines holdover duration and spatial offsets to the fire start location, and discusses the limitations of the application of the lightning data to individual wildfires. When combined with other land surface and atmospheric datasets, these characteristics can be used to develop techniques to identify lightning-initiated fires in real-time. View this paper.