|Image courtesy of USFS|
|Image by USFS|
Carr Fire Catlines video
Proactive Bulldozed Firebreak Construction
|(Photo by Tim Duck, BLM, Arizona Strip Field Office.)|
At the top of this post I used a term, proactive. In the fire suppression game, this would entail not actually fighting a wildfire, but preparation of land through management practices involving prescribed burns in wild areas and the use of bulldozers in creating future fire break lines which ultimately are worthless and costly. Unfortunately even these activities seem more likely to influence spread of invasive weed pressure and future wildfire sread much faster. How ? Firefighting crews and their equipment may disperse invasive weed seeds like Cheatgrass, Black Mustard and Yellow Starthistle as they travel in from other regions. They may also be to blame for local dispersal within the area of the actual wildfire fighting efforts as they travel to each new location.
|Image by Pete M Dziuk|
The Reactive techniques & Strategies taken during Firefighting Efforts
|Image - Big Sur Kate Blog|
|Image - Dozer Operators Group|
|Photo: Trabuco Ranger District, Cleveland National Forest|
As the saying goes, “All that glitters is not Gold.”
|Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area|
Today we are experiencing two types of a “superbloom” season - one comprised of stunning native wildflowers and the other made up of pernicious non-native invasive weeds like Black Mustard (Brassica nigra), Yellow Starthistle (Centaurea solstitialis), Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum), etc. In multiple ways, when you knowingly or unknowingly destroy the underground mycorrhizal grid and you invite a sort of Thanksgiving spread for the non-native invasives.
Yup, take a good look at the superbloom future folks! 😲