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Posted on: April 23, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Bamboo Increases Wildfire Risk

Although bamboo is green and appear lush, it actually is a plant that easily ignites and burns rapidly. On windy days, burning bamboo generates dangerous ember brands that can travel significant distances, starting additional fires.

Simply put, bamboo is a fire hazard. During a wildfire, bamboo will burn as intense as the dry non-native vegetation such as wild grasses and broom. When used as for perimeter screening, the fire risk to your residence increases significantly. Additionally, it is quite simple to ignite bamboo, no matter how much it's irrigated. Meaning that sparks from a nearby fire can quickly ignite the bamboo on your property. Thus, particularly during the summer months, bamboo a fire hazard. Because bamboo grows and spreads so quickly, the fire problem can manifest itself, unless you really manage it and keep the plant confined to a small area.

Although it's not illegal to plant or install bamboo, you should be aware of the risks.

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