Saguaro National Park and the University of Arizona performed several buffelgrass test burns in Avra Valley, Arizona. These test burns taught ecologists about buffelgrass fire behavior to help them develop models predicting how buffelgrass would burn in the Park. Some of the observations and results from the fire include:
Outside the park, buffelgrass threatens homes, property, and lives. It now grows in urban and suburban areas, roadsides, empty fields, washes, creosote flats, and other natural areas.
Homes and buildings that are surrounded by buffelgrass or are near dense patches of buffelgrass are at high risk. Fire departments in the Tucson area have been urging resident to removes buffelgrass from around their homes to create a defensible space.
Hear what public and civic leaders in Tucson have to say about the threat of buffelgrass in the video: Buffelgrass: Its threat to the Sonoran Desert and our Will to Stop It.
Last updated: June 28, 2019