Prairie fires have always struck a bit of terror in the hearts of dwellers of the great grasslands. Buffalo were stampeded and people sought cover in ponds and streams.
Yet prairie grasslands have, over the centuries, been rejuvenated by fire. The prairies have burned and greened-up with amazing vigor. Lightening in former times often ignited the prairie grass. Lightening still strikes the prairie, but its chances of striking native grassland is much lower than in previous times. Mankind now strikes the prairie with a match and the process of rejuvenating the prairie continues in the grasslands of flyover country.
Gene R. Stark
A teacher, farmer, trapper, and greenhouse grower. He writes about the outdoors and the people and culture of rural America..