The cheat grasses are cheating!
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Wildfires in RRCNCA, especially those in the loop area, allow
visitors to see both the damage caused by these events, as well as
the ability of the desert to heal itself over time.
While wildfires are nothing new to southern Nevada's Red Rock area,
recent fires seem to have been in part FUELED by the thick growth
of non-native red brome and cheat grasses. They provide fuel for
fires and also compete with the native plants for resources. So far
there have been NO plans to control these weeds, as control methods
such as using herbicides can be both costly and also damaging to
Several significant wildfires have burned within the Red Rock Canyon
NCA in recent years, including:
(1) 1998 - a fire occurred in the loop area. By 2003 regrowth made
it difficult to find the burn area.
(2) June 25, 2005 - Goodsprings fire at over 31,600-acres burned
into Red Rocks NCA's southern area.
(3) July 22, 2005 - lightning caused 800-acre fire in the loop area.
(4) Sept. 6, 2006 - yet another fire was started by lightning in the
loop near the visitor's center and burned around 1,500-acres.
Source from Wikipedia - Photo taken March 10, 2008