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In a city synonymous with fire, the sight of flames rising up against the backdrop of Chicago’s skyscrapers would typically raise an alarm.

But the Chicago Park District has been setting its land ablaze on purpose, these fiery scenes leading to healthier natural areas.

In recent weeks, the district has conducted prescribed burns at Rainbow Beach and Park 566 on the far south lakefront, two of the 15 parks targeted during a burn season that started in late November and is now coming to a close, according to Matt Freer, assistant director of landscape.

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