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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Pueblo CO
400 PM MDT SAT JUN 24 2017

Colorado 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.

Normally, the wildfire threat in Colorado increases significantly
after the middle of June and usually peaks in early July, and
remains high through August and early September. Colorado averages
about two thousand, five hundred wildfires each year.

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.

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

www.weather.gov/pub

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

Steve Hodanish
Senior Forecaster
NWS Pueblo, CO



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