Ecologists Worry about Invasive Blooming Wildflowers that Could Fuel Next Wildfires

April 25, 2019 - 9:33 am

Ecologists in Southern California's are addressing the concern for some blooming wildflowers in the Santa Monica mountains that could end becoming fuel for the next wildfire season.

The yellow flowers, known as black mustard, have spread heavily over the hillsides due to the winter rains.

They can grow up to 6 feet tall and dry up during the summer and become dangerous in a wind-driven fire.

A scientist told the Times they are keeping an eye on their growth and are trying to limit their spread.

-KNX 1070