Spring Burn

April 27, 2011
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Before European settlers arrived in North America, prairie fires were a spectacular seasonal occurrence, usually ignited by lightning or Native American inhabitants before the spring rains and often raging for days across thousands of acres. The fires were a crucial part of the life cycle of these native grasslands, which once covered a vast, triangular swath of North America, from the eastern foothills of the Rockies east to the Ohio River Valley and tapering north into what is now Minnesota and Wisconsin.