The Cole Creek fire swept away homes and vegetation last year, but it also created conditions for an invasive plant species to flourish.
Weeds like, “cheat grass" were able to expand their footprint on the area.
Cheat grass can out compete the native vegetation and is adaptable to fire.
A pre-emergent herbicide has been used on the Cole Creek area to prevent a vicious cycle from forming.
Brian Connely Supervisor of Natrona County Weed and Pest, “You set this dynamic up where you have more cheat grass more fire. More fire more cheat grass. We're trying to mitigate mainly cheat grass in the Cole Creek area."
Mitigation will continue to help the native vegetation form and suppress fire hazards.