Lightning from a prescribed burn
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): D. J. Latham
Publication Year: 1994

Cataloging Information

  • Canada
  • distribution
  • fire management
  • forest management
  • lightning
  • lightning effects
  • logging
  • Ontario
  • smoke effects
  • storms
  • weather observations
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 34880
Tall Timbers Record Number: 9161
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Electric field measurements, combined with lightning location data, demonstrate that the plume clouds from large fires can be charged and can generate lightning discharges. The results of measurements made on a prescribed burn show that the charge distribution is a positive monopole, and that there were at least 19 positive discharges from this particular plume. Possible charge generation/separation mechanisms are discussed. © by the Society of American Foresters. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Latham, D. J. 1994. Lightning from a prescribed burn. Proceedings of the Conference on Fire and Forest Meteorology, v. 11, p. 438-445.