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Lightning strikes can cause fires when the electrical discharge ignites flammable materials. Here’s how it happens:

  1. Direct Strike: A direct lightning strike can ignite objects like trees, buildings, or grass directly. The intense heat of a lightning bolt, which can reach temperatures of around 30,000 Kelvin (about 53,540 degrees Fahrenheit), can instantly ignite materials.
  2. Power Surges: Lightning can cause power surges when it strikes power lines or transformers, which can lead to electrical fires in buildings.
  3. Indirect Strikes: Lightning can also cause fires through indirect strikes. For example, a bolt can hit the ground, traveling through the soil and igniting underground materials or reaching above-ground flammable materials through conductive paths.
  4. Forest Fires: In forests, lightning is a common cause of wildfires. Dry vegetation can easily catch fire from the heat generated by a lightning strike.
  5. Explosions: In industrial settings, lightning strikes can ignite flammable gases or liquids, leading to explosions and fires.

Preventing lightning-induced fires involves installing lightning rods, maintaining proper grounding systems, and ensuring flammable materials are stored safely. In fire-prone areas, especially during dry seasons, monitoring and quick response systems are crucial to manage and control potential fires caused by lightning.