If you see smoke on the horizon this time of year, don’t panic—it may be a prairie burn. Prairies need fire to exist. Laura Kearney explains why we should be thankful for the charred leaves and grassland following a prescribed burn.
Commentator Laura Kearney is a freelance writer and an editor with the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. She’s burned prairies with the Madison Audubon Society, The Prairie Enthusiasts, and the DNR.