Prairie Burn

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One of the best things you can do for a prairie is to burn is occasionally. This removes the thatch layer allowing new seedlings to get light, add nutrients back into the soil, and the black ash causes the ground to warm faster. The controlled burn was performed by the Springfield Volunteer Fire Dept.

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Starting the fire

 
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It doesn’t take much fuel to get it going

 
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Slowly getting going

 
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A little splash of fuel goes a long way

 
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It’s pretty cool how they control where it goes

 
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Not much left behind

 
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Every once in a while the fire will burst high but then calms down

 
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Burning just how they planned it

 
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They said the path made it nice to break the fire

 
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They had two hoses but didn’t use much water

 
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Close to being done

 
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I few times I got a little nervous but these guys kept it under control at all times

 
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The weedy area in the distance didn’t burn as well because it didn’t have as much grass which is the main fuel

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