Every spring ranchers in the Flint Hills of Kansas burn off old dead grass across the Kansas Prairie to allow the new growth maximum water and sunlight, as well as to reduce weeds and woody plants. Approximatley 1.5 million acres of Kansas are deliberately burned each year.
Range burning is an awesome sight from an airplane, with smoke filled skies in the daytime, and long ribbons of flame visible at night.
The bright orange glow of devouring flames leaps out from a 7000 foot thick blanket of murky brown haze.
Missouri burns too!