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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Shannon cuts his foot with an adze while making a new pirogue. The Indians set prairies on fire to promote the growth of grasses for the buffalo.

From the journals...

Smokey all Day from the burning of the plains, which was Set on fire by the Minetarries for an early crop of Grass as an endusement for the Buffalow to feed on—

William Clark

Prairie fire smoke

Thick white smoke rising from a prairie fire

Photo created by the U.S. National Park Service.