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Spring is here which means it is range-burning season, when ranchers torch their prairies to revitalize the grass for livestock and kill off invasive plants. With light winds in place, conditions were prime for controlled burning on Friday April 4th.


Infrared satellite image showing fires across the flint hills.  The fires show up as black spots because they are warmer than  their surroundings

Visible satellite image showing smoke from fires across the Flint  Hills of Kansas.

Radar image with all of the returns being that of smoke from  surrounding fires.