National Affairs: Spring Burnings

Because it is easier to fire a field of winter grass in the spring than it is to plow the stubble under, and because "burning off" brings sweet young grass for cows to eat, many a U. S. husbandman is responsible for brush blazes that sometimes sweep into forest fires. Spring burnings last week sent greedy flames licking through richly wooded areas in Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, eating up many a sawmill and farmhouse in their way, leaving charred dead acres in their wake. Virginia's Natural Bridge National Park lost 9,000 acres of timber;...

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