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The Pacific Northwest, southern parts of the Southwest, Florida, and parts of the Northeast saw the most dramatic increases in these events.

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More lightning strikes could trigger wildfires and change the chemistry of our atmosphere.
The Forest Service also received an increase for research activities amid fights over emissions regulation and EPA in the House committee-approved bill.