In the right conditions fires can produce enough energy to seed Thunderstorm development.
These thunderstorms can continue for a few hours in relatively the same position is the conditions persist.
The particular thunderstorm was linked to a series of thunderstorms along the Kennedy Ranges, North-East of Carnarvon, Western Australia.
Pyrocumulonimbus is the type of cloud you see here reaching upwards from the smoke.
This pyrocumulonimbus cloud formed over a recent fire. The pyrocumulonimbus cloud (pyroCb) is a type of cumulus cloud formed above a source of heat such as a wildfire and may sometimes even extinguish the fire that formed it. It is the most extreme manifestation of pyrocumulus.
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