For the past month, in part of eastern Kansas, the prairie has been burning, as it does almost every spring. On some days, you could look toward the horizon in any direction and see pillars of smoke. The plumes of pollution have traveled so far that they’ve violated limits for particulates or ozone in cities as far away as Lincoln, Neb.

But here’s the twist: Environmentalists have come to celebrate those fires.

Read or listen to Dan Charles’ fascinating piece on these prairie fires — lit by farmers — here.

Notes

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    I drove past some of these last month to go to the Kansas Entomology Society meeting, neat!
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