Fires transforming Sonoran Desert
Restoring areas infested with invasive species that carry catastrophic fire is a top priority for the Restoration Assessment and Monitoring Program for the Southest (RAMPS) and our partners. In 2019 & 2020, fires carried by the invasive red brome (Bromus rubens) grass destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of Sonoran Desert Scrub, resulting in some of the biggest fires in Arizona history. What remains now is a landscape highly vulnerable to further vegetation type transitions and degradation. RAMPS is currently mapping the spread of red brome to help land managers make decisions on how to prevent large fires and save the Sonoran Desert.