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Issued by NWS Goodland, KS

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Lightning safety awareness week concludes today, with wildfires
being the final topic.

Although wildfires are not an actual weather phenomenon, wildfires
are directly related to lightning and other weather elements.

About half of all forest fires in Colorado are ignited by lightning.
Additionally, many rangeland and wheat field fires are caused by
lightning. Many of these lightning caused wildfires occur in the
absence of rain and are the result of what is referred to as dry
thunderstorms.

Normally, the wildfire threat in the High Plains increases in July
and August if drought conditions develop as the summer heat
persists.

For more information on lightning caused wildfires, please visit the
following web page:

www.weather.gov/gld

and in the news headline section, click on the lightning safety web
link and choose Saturdays statement.



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