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Message Subject Nebraska Wildfire Burning Out of Control sparked by lightning..100,000 acres burning.
Poster Handle Anne O'Mally
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Some of the cornfields around here are completely dry and brown. Probably worse out where the real farms start. We are going to see a lot of this.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 20429197

Yes ,there isn't much relief in sight. I don't think people can conceive how bad ALL of this is going to be.Fires, failed crops, food prices and shortage of food.Europes season was horrible with flooding,same in china an russia.
 Quoting: shadasonic

here's the only good news:

once upon a time, fires occurred naturally as consequences of natural phenomena, and were a highly destructive but essential part of the eco system's health, a way of regenerating the land. with the interference of mankind, this no longer happens. the earth has been used and abused with pesticides, overgrazing, GMO's, and natural cleansing cycles have become a thing of the past.

[link to www.journalstandard.com]

Within a few years the new prairie will require burning. The fire will kill off the thistles and other weeds, stimulate the growth of new plants and cleanse the land. The prairie and savanna are fire dependent eco-systems that flourish with the aid of fire.

Imagine if you will, the biggest grass fire you’ve ever seen. It would pale in comparison to the fires that once raged across the landscape in times before the European settlers came to the Midwest. Imagine fires burning for days, marching for miles across the plains, herds of wildlife and huge flocks of birds fleeing before the advance of the flames.

Once the prairie has been burned you can stare across the charred terrain in awe of the power of the flames, only to feel more awe-stricken in a few weeks when the same location has a new beginning. Green shoots of grass and plant leaves have now begun to sprout through the blackened earth. In spite of the conflagration, the prairie has begun to return to life. Soon, a tufted carpet of green will replace the black soot and dust. Eventually the land blossoms with forbs and tall grasses. With the return of plant life come the birds and all other living things that thrive on the prairie.


[link to en.wikipedia.org]

native american use of fire:

Fire scientists and ecologists often find old fire scars in trees going back hundreds of years. Geographers studying lake sediments often find evidence of charcoal layers going back thousands of years, attributing the data to prehistoric fires caused by climatic warming and drying conditions. Since the trees and sediments cannot document how the fires started, lightning becomes the easiest “natural” explanation. Early researchers thought that no large burning was carried out by natives, but research during the latter half of the 20th century has shown that many or most of the presettlement fires were intentionally caused.

Keeping large areas of forest and mountains free of undergrowth and small trees was just one of many reasons for using fire in ecosystems. Intentional burning has greatly modified landscapes across the continent in many subtle ways that have often been interpreted as natural by the early explorers, trappers, and settlers. Many research scientists who study presettlement forest and savanna fire evidence tend to attribute most prehistoric fires as being caused by lightning (natural) rather than by humans. This problem arises because there was no systematic record keeping of these fire events. Thus the interaction of people and ecosystems is down played or ignored, which often leads to the conclusion that people are a problem in "natural" ecosystems rather than the primary force in their development.
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