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Dry Lightning Risk Sparks Fire Concerns Across Northern California

 
Dry Lightning Risk Sparks Fire Concerns Across Northern California
Posted July 22nd, 2014 @ 8:22am by KFBK News - Mike Simpson

The next few weeks could be some of the worst in the state for dry lightning.

There were 11,000 lightning strikes over the weekend, which, thankfully, came along with enough rain to extinguish any flames.

But, meteorologists say conditions from this point into August historically produce thunderstorms with little moisture.

"The fires can happen one or two days after the thunderstorms," Bill Rasch with the National Weather Service in Sacramento said. 

"It can just kind of smolder and maybe it just takes a little afternoon wind and pretty soon it will take off," he said. 

And given our very dry conditions, things can get out of hand, quickly.

Seven out of the top 20 largest fires in the state were caused by lightning, as was the large fire currently burning up in Washington.

 

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