“Grassoline” is obliterating America’s grasslands in the West

by Benjamin Spillman, Reno Gazette Journal

After a lifetime working Nevada ranches, Jon Griggs figures he’s seen everything high desert sagebrush country can throw at a cowboy.

The manager of Maggie Creek Ranch since 1998 has seen the Humboldt River high enough to strand half the ranch for a month and low enough to cross without getting wet ankles.

But even amid extremes of triple-digit summer days, subzero winter nights, drought, rain, fire and floods, there’s one day that stops Griggs in his tracks.

It’s July 18, 2007, the day the Marge Fire torched nearly 9,000 acres as it raced directly toward ranch headquarters west of Elko.

Read more: https://www.rgj.com/in-depth/news/2019/06/27/sagebrush-sea-wildfire-risk-rangeland-nevada/1255395001/?for-guid=e7359d9a-2fcd-e611-88f6-90b11c3bc1f2&utm_source=usatoday-Climate%20Point&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=narrative&utm_term=article_body

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