To the extent that these weighted averages of rain-fire intervals reflect the likelihood of vegetation burned by lightning fires
or wildfires in a given month; I would expect lightning fires
during May to be more important than middle to late summer lightning fires
in south Mississippi and vice versa for north Mississippi.
Most lightning fires
burn themselves out without causing significant damage.
Managers can thus allow lightning fires
to burn under careful supervision there if the firest meet a long list of criteria designed to protect people and property.
About a dozen small lightning fires
have already been reported in the Middle Fork Ranger District of the Springfield-based Willamette National Forest.The National Weather Service predicts a chance of thunderstorms through the weekend and into early next week from the foothills to the Cascades and beyond.
cleared the woods of brush, dead wood, and an overabundance of young trees.
in North Dakota grasslands and in pine-savanna lands of South Dakota and Montana.
Firefighters responded to at least a dozen lightning fires
Thursday on the Middle Fork Ranger District in the Willamette National Forest, officials said.
based on these data sources, lightning fires
in pine forests of the upper Great Lakes are represented by the upper limit of a lightning-fire frequency ranging from 0.5 to 2 fires/yr/100,000 ha., a range that is less than 10% of the 1750-1910 AD rate estimated above from 10 isolated coastal sand patches.
* In Yosemite, specialist Caroline Lansing reports that 75 percent of the acreage of that national park is considered to be in a prescribed natural fire zone: Lightning fires
will be allowed to burn under conditions decided upon in advance, with fire specialists keeping close track of each fire's progress.
Three other lightning fires
sparked in a Saturday morning storm were contained before they could grow to an acre in size, the agency said.
As for just letting wildfires do their thing, fire officers warily remember the Yellowstone fires of 1988, when several lightning fires
that were allowed to burn got away and eventually ripped through 1.3 million acres of overfueled forests.
Most of the lightning fires
in the Umpqua National Forest remain small, according to spokeswoman Susan Johnson, adding that firefighters have "a good handle" on them.