Excessive lightning could spark even more wildfires across Alaska during record-breaking fire season

More than 5,800 lightning strikes were reported in Alaska and neighboring states on Saturday, with more expected in the coming days.

An additional 5,000 to 10,000 lightning strikes are expected on Sunday and Monday, according to the Ferbank Weather Service.

“On normal thunderstorms, we see between 1,000 and 3,000 (when lightning strikes),” Erin Billing, a NWS meteorologist at Ferbanks, told CNN.

Billings adds: “This weekend we will be rolling north in Alaska until the beginning of next week.

Red Flag Warnings are available in various parts of the state today, including Fairbank, especially due to this high lightning.
Sunday’s lightning strike is expected to be phase 4, which means repeated light is expected and 11 to 15 cloud-to-ground attacks could occur within five minutes, according to the Weather Service.

The weather service said the warnings should be extended until Monday.

These lightning from the clouds to the ground are of great concern when they start new fires. “Many of our fires come from lightning,” Billing said.

The Bean Fire in central Alaska, west of Ferbanx, began with lightning between June 19 and June 23, burning more than 100,000 acres.

Lightning also caused a lime complex that is currently the largest fire in the state and consumed more than 775,000 acres by Saturday night.

The Alaskan record-breaking wildfires are on the rise in the hot summer months.
The Durland Fire Dashboard, according to the National Agency for Fire and the Alaska Interaction Coordination Center, said the state is at the height of more than 2 million hectares of fire protection this year.

Of these, at least 1.7 million hectares were burned by lightning alone.

This year is on the verge of becoming one of the biggest fire seasons ever recorded.

“It’s a little over a million hectares for the entire year,” said climate scientist Brian Bretchenner.

Alaskan fires usually begin in the last week of May and last until mid-August.

“We are at the peak of the thunderstorm but by the end of July and August we will be moving to the southwest, which could shut down the thunderstorm season,” Billing said.

The models continue to slow down the development of this pool or active climate, which in turn is slowing down and slowing down southwest flow, according to NWS Fairbanks, a four- to seven-day weather discussion.

Alaskan’s promise of relief usually begins in late July.

“This wildfire season could be historic if the humidity is delayed,” said Rick Tomman, a climate expert at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. “Now that we have enough fire, it will actually take some time to put it out.”

According to Tomman, the weather will be the same this week when the weather stays above 60 degrees. But cold and wet weather may be on the way later this month – the Weather Forecast Center indicators suggest cold and wet conditions could reach the state. In early mid-July.
Long-term forecasts suggest that Alaska will receive significant rainfall in mid-July for fire-affected and drought-affected areas.

But much of southwestern Alaska is experiencing a mild drought, which will continue to ignite wildfires.

NS in Anchorage. “We are advising Alaskan residents to be on the lookout for weeks of fires,” says meteorologist Joe Wegman. “There is definitely a concern for July Fourth and if there are a lot of man-made startups.”

CNN Payton Major, Judson Jones, Brandon Miller and Joe Sutton contributed to this story

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