Lighting strikes have been the catalyst of massive uncontrolled fires in areas of combustible vegetation. In some regions, lightning strikes may be a relatively unusual occurrence (e.g., California), but instead they seem to have become a major contributor to the propagation of wildfires, as a byproduct of climate change. Given such unusual weather, wildfires originating from lightning are an increasing threat. In this paper, the authors discuss the withstand capability of trees against lightning and introduce a proactive approach to prevent wildfires by the deployment of tree lighting protection systems (TLPS) to protect forested areas, where deemed necessary by the tree risk assessment.

Protection of Trees against Lightning Strikes as a Measure to Prevent Fires and Loss of Human Life / Mitolo, M.; Pons, E.; Zizzo, G.. - ELETTRONICO. - (2021), pp. 1-6. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 57th IEEE/IAS Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Technical Conference, I and CPS 2021 tenutosi a Las Vegas, USA nel 2021 [10.1109/ICPS51807.2021.9416630].

Protection of Trees against Lightning Strikes as a Measure to Prevent Fires and Loss of Human Life

Pons E.;
2021

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Lighting strikes have been the catalyst of massive uncontrolled fires in areas of combustible vegetation. In some regions, lightning strikes may be a relatively unusual occurrence (e.g., California), but instead they seem to have become a major contributor to the propagation of wildfires, as a byproduct of climate change. Given such unusual weather, wildfires originating from lightning are an increasing threat. In this paper, the authors discuss the withstand capability of trees against lightning and introduce a proactive approach to prevent wildfires by the deployment of tree lighting protection systems (TLPS) to protect forested areas, where deemed necessary by the tree risk assessment.
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