After the wheat was harvested, the straw was baled–they got 251 BIG bales off the three paddocks (50 acres) here.
Then, they lined the bales up along the road and at the edge of one of the paddocks,mowed down the stubble for about 10 feet around the inside of each paddock, and raked that stubble into the standing stubble. The next step was to plow a firebreak all around where they had mowed stubble,and then burn off the paddocks. To burn them, they used a drag to pull a pile of stubble together, lit it, and drove around the paddock through the raked stubble. As they drove, the stubble caught on fire and soon the entire paddock was ablaze.
Within a very short time, it was all over and all that was left was black.