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How do lightning strikes cause bushfires?

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Tara Andrews on May 25, 2019

Lightning is the main natural cause of forest fires in Australia, (the human activity is the main cause general). Australia is a dry continent with lower rainfall and other continents, especially during the summer in areas of the south. The country is drought-prone, with long, hot and dry summers in the southern states, and of the vegetation, as a result, becomes very dry, easily flammable, and wood for the fires. When sudden storms roll in, as often happens with the clash of warm and cold air fronts, not only there is lightning that ignite the dry vegetation easily, but these small fires are quickly fanned into the blazing forest fire by strong, gusting winds that accompany these storms of summer.

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