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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

An ice dam up the river breaks and the river rises 13 inches. The Indians catch many dead buffalo floating down the river. The Indians also set prairie fires to induce the grasses to grow.

From the journals...

The Plains are on fire on both Sides of the river   it is common for the indians to Set those Plains on fire near their village for the advantage of early Grass for the hors & as an inducement to the Buffalow to visit them—

William Clark

Prairie fire

Prairie grasses on fire

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