Introduced annual grass increases regional fire activity across the arid western USA (1980-2009).

  title={Introduced annual grass increases regional fire activity across the arid western USA (1980-2009).},
  author={Jennifer K. Balch and Bethany A. Bradley and Carla M. D'Antonio and Jos{\'e} G{\'o}mez-Dans},
  journal={Global change biology},
  volume={19 1},
Non-native, invasive grasses have been linked to altered grass-fire cycles worldwide. Although a few studies have quantified resulting changes in fire activity at local scales, and many have speculated about larger scales, regional alterations to fire regimes remain poorly documented. We assessed the influence of large-scale Bromus tectorum (hereafter cheatgrass) invasion on fire size, duration, spread rate, and interannual variability in comparison to other prominent land cover classes across… CONTINUE READING
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