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While doing some farming the other day I noticed some smoke off to the west. My immediate thought was that some large corporation has built a refinery and now my scenic view was gone and I will never be healthy again.

As the day went on and the black smoke continued to billow toward the heavens I realized it must be coming from a huge area, not just one or two pieces of pipe that I could not see. I then realized that from a refinery the cloud would be white and consist of mainly steam, similar to an airplane trail that disappears in a short period of time.

While having coffee in Belfield the next day a retired friend who was complaining about eye irritation and negative respiratory effects on him enlightened me that it was a grass fire started by the National Park Service. This was confirmed two nights later when I listened to a TRNP official on TV explaining the benefits of the “prescribed burn.”

The official said that burning the dried-up grass and trees will prevent fires caused by lightning strikes from finding fuel and becoming, well, I guess the same type of fire they started. Made me feel like burning my whole place down so lightning can’t get it?

This representative also stated that in a few days the land will be green and the wildlife will have a virtual salad to eat. I don’t want to rain on this lady’s parade but I am sure the green will show up everywhere in a couple of days. I did not know buffalo liked salad.

“Prescribed burn” implies that someone of some great knowledge ordered this foolishness; it was not. It implies that humans know better than Mother Nature what is good; they do not.

Jim Braun, Belfield

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