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Fire from the Sky in the Anthropocene

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Centro de Investigação e Tecnologias Agroambientais e Biológicas, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Quinta de Prados, 5000-801 Vila Real, Portugal
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Departamento de Ingeniería y Ciencias Agrarias, Universidad de León, Escuela de Ingeniería Agraria y Forestal, Avda. de Astorga s/n, 24401 Ponferrada, Spain
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Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas, Avenida da República, 16, 1050-191 Lisbon, Portugal
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Received: 17 February 2021 / Revised: 10 March 2021 / Accepted: 11 March 2021 / Published: 12 March 2021
Lightning-caused fires (LCFs) and fire environments influenced by thunderstorms are increasingly implicated in extreme wildfire events around the world, with devastating consequences to society and the environment. However, the disaster potential inherent to LCFs is often neglected, especially where the fire regime is determined mostly by anthropogenic ignitions. Such disconnect between perceived risk and actual risk is illustrated with the Iberian Peninsula, where thunderstorm-driven wildfires are comparatively rare but have resulted in large-scale burning and considerable loss of human life. Even low LCF regions should embrace fire management strategies able to cope with LCFs. View Full-Text
Keywords: lightning-caused fires; extreme wildfire events; pyroconvection; fire regime; fire management; climate change; Portugal; Spain lightning-caused fires; extreme wildfire events; pyroconvection; fire regime; fire management; climate change; Portugal; Spain
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Fernandes, P.M.; Santos, J.A.; Castedo-Dorado, F.; Almeida, R. Fire from the Sky in the Anthropocene. Fire 2021, 4, 13. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/fire4010013

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Fernandes PM, Santos JA, Castedo-Dorado F, Almeida R. Fire from the Sky in the Anthropocene. Fire. 2021; 4(1):13. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/fire4010013

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Fernandes, Paulo M., João A. Santos, Fernando Castedo-Dorado, and Rui Almeida. 2021. "Fire from the Sky in the Anthropocene" Fire 4, no. 1: 13. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/fire4010013

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