Controlled burning

by Julia Laporte February. 19, 2019 360 views

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.

The result of the controlled fires

The result of the controlled fires

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Paul Kullar 2 years, 2 months ago

Should have brought marshmallows, Belgium chocolate and Graham crackers.

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Julia Laporte Replied to Paul Kullar 2 years, 2 months ago

Didn’t expect to run into the fire, did we?! 
BTW, you’ll love our next destination: your country of birth. smile

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Paul Kullar Replied to Julia Laporte 2 years, 2 months ago

Nice, can you get me something from Harrods then?

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Russell Smith 2 years, 2 months ago

I find it facinating how the land comes back even greener after a controlled burn like this .

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Russell Smith 2 years, 2 months ago

I completely agree. So green and lush - every single year.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 2 months ago

#6, #8, #10 are excellent but frightening pictures.

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Julia Laporte Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, Sigrid. The power of the fire was definitely impressive and frightening.

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