Experts: Cheatgrass contributes to larger Calif. wildfires

12/5/2012 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Wildfires in California's Great Basin are growing larger and rising in frequency because of cheatgrass, a plant inadvertently brought to the area more than 100 years ago, according to a study by U.S. researchers. The research found that cheatgrass was involved in 39 of the 50 largest fires examined in a data set from the past decade.

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