Lightning Rod Protection in the State of California
Being the most populated state with 37,253,956 residents, and the third biggest with 163,696 square miles, California has relativity few cloud-to-ground lightning strikes, with an average of 86,100 annually (pdf). On June 9, 2009, lightning touched the ground 6,257 times in a 24 hour period in California. One of the major issues with lighting striking trees is that the tree can smolder for several days before bursting into flames.
In 2009 there were 2 deaths caused by lightning and 14 injured in California. The best way to prevent personal or property loss is by installing a lightning protection system. These can be added to your home, office, bard, silo and even your tree!
KLP offers a full line of UL Listed Lightning Protection System Materials that meet or exceed the criteria set forth by UL96A, NFPA 780 and LPI-175. Give us a call today at 800-370-5886 to see how we can assist you in the design, installation, maintenance and inspection of your system.
July 2, 2015 Lightning struck a cypress tree during a rainstorm, but still causing a fire which ignited several cypress trees near Rancho Santa Fe, California. No structures were damaged. July 2, 2015 A power pole was struck by lightning in Needles, California, which caused power lines to break and start fires in the brush on the hillside catching a tree house on fire.
June 29, 2015 Three dozen fires were sparked by hundreds of lightning strikes in northern California.
June 19, 2015 The Washington fire near Markleevile, California, was started by a lightning strike and burned over 17,000 acres.
June 5, 2015 Lightning strikes caused 9 separate wildfires which spread fast due to high winds in Fresno County California. Firefighters used aircraft as well as ground crews to put out the fires.
February 12, 2015 Lightning struck a fire station in Chinese Camp, CA. knocking out the electricity. No fire resulted from the strike however.
September 18, 2014 Lightning started a fire in the Six Rivers National Forest, near Bluff Creek in Northern California on 9-18-14. With a 80 - 90 degree weather, low humidity and drought conditions it was critical to get the fire under control quickly. Air-tankers were essential in reducing the effect of the fire and keeping firefighters safe.
Also see How to stay safe during lightning storms