The magical plant: BLM Idaho using kochia to help combat wildfires

  • Source: KBOI-TV CBS 2 Boise
  • Published: 06/22/2022 12:00 AM

VIDEO: As temperatures rise, so does fire danger, but the Bureau of Land Management is creating unique fuel breaks by using a special plant species. "We've identified roadway systems and started to put fuel breaks throughout this whole network of roads to create areas where if a wildfire should occur, we can kind of keep that wildfire smaller and more compartmentalized," said Jared Jablonski, fire mitigation and education specialist for Bureau of Land Management. In the heat of summer, sage brush and cheatgrass are a big problem. It's spread all over our public lands, and once it's dry, it burns fast. "What happens is it leads to more fires starting just because of how easy it is to ignite the cheatgrass, and so once you have more fires starting, more brush is lost, and more cheat grass comes in," Jablonski said. But the plant kochia is helping combat this.


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