Articles | Volume 21, issue 23
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 17529–17557, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-17529-2021

Special issue: The role of fire in the Earth system: understanding interactions...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 17529–17557, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-17529-2021
Research article
02 Dec 2021
Research article | 02 Dec 2021

Lightning-ignited wildfires and long continuing current lightning in the Mediterranean Basin: preferential meteorological conditions

Francisco J. Pérez-Invernón et al.

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Lightning-ignited fires tend to occur in remote areas and can spread significantly before suppression. Long continuing current (LCC) lightning, preferably taking place in dry thunderstorms, is believed to be the main precursor of lightning-ignited fires. We analyze fire databases of lightning-ignited fires in the Mediterranean basin and report the shared meteorological conditions of fire- and LCC-lightning-producing thunderstorms. These results can be useful to improve fire forecasting methods.
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