Invasive grass found to be contributing to fires in the West

12/12/2012 | Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.)

An invasive species of grass known as cheatgrass has been linked to many of the largest forest fires in states such as Nevada, California and Oregon, according to research by Jennifer Balch, an assistant professor of geography at Penn State University. "What's happening is that cheatgrass is creating a novel grass-fire cycle that makes future fires more likely," she said. "Fire promotes cheatgrass, and cheatgrass promotes fires."

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