Buffelgrass, the intensely flammable plant that has invaded and colonized the Sonoran Desert, is the suspected culprit in a lot of brush fires in the Tucson area and is now the subject of a study that seeks to demonstrate the severity of the problem.
Volunteers are being sought to pull buffelgrass from roadways, washes and parks across the Tucson area.
Buffelgrass blankets a vacant lot across from the Tucson Marketplace on South Park Avenue north of I-10.
Invasive, highly flammable buffelgrass is spreading like a weedy plague across the Tucson urban area - choking out native plants and posing a fire threat to homes and other property.
Expanses of dry grass and some dead trees along the Bug Spring Trail in the Catalina Mountains could pose a fire threat this winter and as the desert dries out in spring.
It's winter, and moisture is in the area now - but sites in the mountains around Tucson already are showing signs of fire danger on the horizon.
Volunteer Weedwackers dig out and bag clumps of buffelgrass in Sabino Canyon, where the invasive species took solid root in past years. Federal officials say such eradication efforts have paid off in the canyon. Another volunteer weed-pull is on Saturday.
Federal officials say they are on the way to curbing the invasive buffelgrass that plagues scenic Sabino Canyon - and they ask the public to join in the effort this weekend.
Tucson International Airport and the county will add matching funds to the $2.5 million FEMA grant to bring the amount to $3.4 million. The airport is on a high-priority list for getting rid of buffelgrass, said Lindy Brigham, executive director of the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordinati…
Pima County has won a $2.5 million federal grant to kill buffelgrass at Tucson International Airport.
Hot, dry, windy weather has set the stage not only for forest fires in the mountains but for quick-starting, fast-spreading brush blazes in the metropolitan area as well.