Articles | Volume 19
07 Jun 2022
 | 07 Jun 2022

Synoptic weather patterns conducive to lightning-ignited wildfires in Catalonia

Nicolau Pineda, Juan Carlos Peña, Xavier Soler, Montse Aran, and Núria Pérez-Zanón


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Short summary
Wildfire origins can be related to human activity or to natural phenomena, like lightning. Under favourable environmental conditions, lightning ignitions can develop into a fire. In the present study, we analyse the kind of weather that favours wildfires ignited by lightning in Catalonia. We have found that most fires occur under three types of weather. These results help to improve our understanding of lightning fires and are of great assistance to wildfire management agencies.