A class at Texas State University used gasoline and diesel fuel to light a field ablaze and study controlled burning, according to The University Star. Instructors say the firsthand experience helped students to see the effects of burning on landscapes.
Some benefits to controlled burning include increasing biological diversity, protecting against wildfires and triggering the release of seeds that need heat to spread. In addition to learning about those upsides, the students gained experience in controlled burning techniques and taking necessary safety precautions.
The burn took place on the grassland prairie area of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at the university as part of a course on range management.
Image: A controlled burn in Australia (Credit: Ryan Wick, via Flickr)