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  • Study reconstructs 232-year history of prairie fire in Midwestern US

    Photo of a prairie fire with yellow grass in the foreground.

    Researchers conducted the most comprehensive analysis of the history of fire in the Midwestern tallgrass prairie by analyzing thousands of historical accounts dating from 1673 to 1905.

    Photo courtesy Urbana Park District


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  • Editor’s notes

    To reach William McClain, email

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    To reach Greg Spyreas, email

    The paper “Patterns of anthropogenic fire within the Midwestern tallgrass prairie 1673-1905: Evidence from written accounts” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.3375/20-5

    Michael Jeffords and Susan Post are wildlife photographers and research affiliates of the Illinois Natural History Survey at the Prairie Research Institute of the U. of I. Their photographs are available here.