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Invasive Grass Fuels Increased Fire Activity in the West

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avatar Invasive Grass Fuels Increased Fire Activity in the West
December 05, 2012 01:55PM
ScienceDaily (Dec. 5, 2012) — An invasive grass species may be one reason fires are bigger and more frequent in certain regions of the western United States, according to a team of researchers. Researchers used satellite imagery to identify cheatgrass, a plant species accidentally introduced by settlers in the West during the 1800s, in a disproportionately high number of fires in the Great Basin, a 600,000 square-kilometer arid area in the West that includes large sections of Nevada, as well as parts of Utah, Colorado, Idaho, California and Oregon.

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