Yeah, we burn them here. I have raked up piles 50 feet long, i rake them into a line in the ditch along road, light one end and let it go. If there's no wind i will make a huge bonfire out of them, lol.
In the fall here there are days i can't see across the street. I live in a rural farm town in the middle of nowhere, population of about 750 people. It's a great place to call home. The smell of burning leaves is great for sure, i love it.
Here's an Instagram video i made burning leaves in a long line, it was a pretty big fire. Not sure if you need an IG account to see it or not...