Buffelgrass: Don’t Feed the Fire!

This Was Too Close for Comfort!

Most of us stood in awe as we watched the Catalina Mountains burned for days on end during the summer of 2020.  As we watched the flames rush closer and closer, we wondered if our homes in the Foothills Clusters would suffer the same fate that so many homes in the California wildfires had suffered.

To help prevent that from ever happening here, it is imperative that we take the most important step in reducing the threat of fire in our neighborhood: eliminate the fuel that feeds the fire.

Buffelgrass and fountain grass are non-native grasses that pose serious hazards to human health and the survival of native plants and animals.

  • Buffelgrass outcompetes native plants for vital water and nutrients. As a newcomer to this plant community, it has no natural predators to reduce its growth. Its only known local use is by domestic livestock.
  • Buffelgrass burns at extreme temperatures upwards of 1400°F, with flame heights greater than 20 ft.
  • Buffelgrass fires threaten residential areas, destroy infrastructure, disrupt air and ground transportation, and compromise public and firefighter safety.

What Can You Do?

Take the first step to remove this dangerous plant from our neighborhood by learning:

  • How to identify buffelgrass.
  • When to kill or remove bufflegrass.
  • Where to get help.

Download this Free Guide!

You can download this free guide by clicking on, “Wanted: Buffelgrass – Dead and Gone”.  This great pamphlet is made available courtesy of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.