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Ground Strike


Ground Strike

Connecting sky with earth, lightning lights up the night like none other. We fire lookouts are obsessed with it because it causes the vast majority of forest fires and because it is such a fascinating natural phenomenon, particularly at night. This bolt struck a nearby mountain about 3 in the morning. Location: Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, 14 July 2019.

Photographer: Mark S. Moak