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.