Elephant grass can grow several metres high. With its full growth completed it turns into hard sticks similar to bamboo, no longer favourable for any grazing animals looking for fresh and green grass. The grasslands in and around Chitwan National Park are therefore burned off every year to give room for new grass to grow in the fertile ash and to stop trees taking over current grasslands.
During a Jeep safari we had to stop and wait as the fire was too close to the road and eventually crossed over. The crackling of the fire was incredibly loud and impressive.