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War declared on flammable Scotch broom

Total war was declared on ultra-flammable Scotch broom today as a way to battle wildfire by the Fire Safe Council of Nevada City.

“We want people to know it’s like putting a bomb next to their house,” said council executive director Joanne Drummond.

A three-prong attack will now be unleashed against the invasive weed, Drummond said, asking retailers not to sell it, the community not to buy it and for people to pull it using a weed wrench on loan from the council.

The green fan-like plant with bright yellow flowers is often found along roadways like Highway 49 between Highway 20 and the Rood Center in Nevada City.

Scotch broom can be cut at ground level and destroyed, according to Lynn Lorenson, a Master Gardener with the University of California’s Cooperative Extension service.

After that, the area around the Scotch broom must be watched closely because its multiple seeds could easily start new growth prior to eradication.

For more information or to borrow the weed wrench, call the council at 272-1122.

For the full story, see Wednesday’s edition of The Union.

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