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Progress toward locating lightning fires

Author(s): Donald J. Latham
Year Published: 1979

Systems to enable land managers to locate, evaluate, and counter the fire threat of lightning storms are in the early stages of development. In the western U.S. and Alaska, the Bureau of Land Management has established networks of instruments that locate lightning strikes by means of recorded azimuths. Further research could add important capabilities: identifying and counting strikes with fire-starting potential, estimating ignition probabilities under various fuel and weather conditions, and predicting fire behavior immediately after ignition.

Citation: Latham, Don J. 1979. Progress toward locating lightning fires. Res. Note INT-RN-269. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 6 p.
Topic(s): Fire Behavior, Weather
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Research Brief or Fact Sheet
NRFSN number: 12120
FRAMES RCS number: 14016
Record updated: May 16, 2018