Notch has just implemented lightning. I'm now too terrified to open up my treehouse map in case a storm burns it to the ground! Is this possible?


I've unanswered this question, now that fire behaves differently in 1.6.

  • And now I regret turning my buddys area into an ALL wood area. Ohh well. Atleast it was griefed by natural causes.
    – user19605
    Feb 8, 2012 at 4:58

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I just watched a huge treehouse burn to the ground because of a lightning strike. Rain DOES NOT ALWAYS put out fires. Now all my wool pixel art is in danger as well. Had to revert to a backup.

Caught the last few seconds of the destruction. Mind you, this used to be a huge treehouse that spanned at least 64x64 and up to the ceiling.

burning treehouse

burning treehouse

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    Well that sucks.
    – Keaanu
    Apr 21, 2011 at 20:13
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    Ouch that sucks. The fire probably started somewhere where it was sheltered from the rain and grew until the rain couldn't put the fire out.
    – Kevin Yap
    Apr 22, 2011 at 4:46
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    Argh! I need lightning rods and I need them now! My treehouse is quite a lot larger than that one (was)...
    – fredley
    Apr 22, 2011 at 10:27
  • I just returned from 15 minutes of mining and saw my whole wooden building on fire. That sucked. The rain put the fire out after a few minutes when not much was left of the building.
    – Exa
    Apr 26, 2011 at 23:21

In the preview of 1.5 that Notch showed, you can see lightning strike the ground and cause a fire.

However, as per elliya's answer, the rain doesn't always extinguish the fire.

  • Blast. Beat me by 8 minutes. Apr 19, 2011 at 14:27
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    Is there ever lightning under dry conditions?
    – Sadly Not
    Apr 19, 2011 at 14:45
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    – Sadly Not
    Apr 19, 2011 at 16:00
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    Oh wow, I didn't realize that and added a time anchor on top of your time anchor, facepalm. Thanks for adding it. :)
    – Kevin Yap
    Apr 19, 2011 at 17:01
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    @Sadly Not According to the MC Wiki page on rain, thunderstorms are a part of the rain weather condition and not their own kind of weather, so I would assume they can only exist when it is raining.
    – Kevin Yap
    Apr 20, 2011 at 0:51

yes, lightning will set things on fire here is a image of it:lightning here!

note that i am using the /summon command you can use the link below:



The simple answer to your question is yes, it does. It's a bit like a flint and steel -- it will light a fire anywhere but only spread on wood and wool.

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