We drove north to Crumbacher Wildlife Area in Buchanan County last night to attend a controlled prairie burn. The burn was ignited at dusk, just after 7PM, & took almost two hours to burn. Prior to the burn, air temperature was around 41’F, relative humidity was 61.2%, and the highest recorded wind gust came in at 6mph. Ranger Mike Van Raden told the assembled group (which included our family, a local reporter, Buchanan County Naturalist Sondra Cabell, Executive Director Dan Cohen, 2 park techs & 1 other ranger) the weather conditions were on the parameters of what he’d like for a burn, but doable. Why so few people attended this AMAZING event, I have no clue…Iowa is not boring, people! You just have to seek out the opportunities! Anyway, off my soapbox.Burn began in the back (south edge) of this reconstructed prairie which is to the east of the wetland pond.
June was not impressed. Harmon was not, either, & kept moaning/fussing in the carrier. June collected a bunch of sticks & old seed pods which are still in the back of the Suburban. Shortly after I took this photo & the next one, June, Harmon, & I hiked back to the Suburban. June said the fire looked like lava & that she “knows what lava looks like because I watch Wild Kratts.” She yelled at me that lava is scary; however, she clearly was not scared. I think she was just plain old COLD. I accidentally had my HDR on when I took these photos–makes it more dramatic, I guess. If you are on a laptop or PC, click on this photo–it’s way better viewed in a larger size.Hangin’ in the ‘burb. Wishin’ I was at the burn! Thankfully, I could still see it from where we parked, but it wasn’t the same as being “right there” like Brian & the older kids experienced. #fifthtrimester #preschooler
Cars out on the road were slowing down & parking once the fire really took off & darkness descended. It was like lining up for Christmas lights, only a million times better. #takebacktheprairies