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What causes bush fires? 
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Lightning starts lots of bush fires

Lightning can cause bush fires to start. Fire spotting planes and helicopters are used to detect new fires caused by lightning.

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Imagine you spotted a new fire from your plane. What information would you need to report?

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Lighting causes lots of fires, but most of these fires are put out quickly.

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In early January flames tore through the renowned animal sanctuary of Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Two weeks later the military were deployed to help out.
On 18 January 2020 the 7.30 Report aired this report about the teams in East Gippsland working to protect and revive the native animals after the bush fire in the area.

Summer storms often have very little rain but do include hundreds of lightning strikes which can ignite bush fires.

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