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Fast-growing tumbleweed called hairy panic blows into Australian city watch

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    Residents of a rural Australian city are frustrated by a fast-growing tumbleweed called hairy panic that is piling up outside their houses, covering lawns and blocking doors and windows.

    Hairy panic is piling up outside several homes in Wangaratta in north-east Victoria – at times reportedly reaching roof height – forcing residents to clear it several times a day. About 20 residences on Bella Way, a new development hard against the fringe of farmland, have been particularly affected, with the grass blowing over from neighbouring fields.

    Hairy panic – Panicum effusum – is a short-lived perennial native to inland Australia. Outbreaks of the weed take place across the country every year but Wangaratta has been hit particularly badly this year because of dry conditions.

    Matt Thewlis‎ posted several images of his home covered in the grass to the council’s Facebook page: “Hope the person who owns the out-of-control paddocks in our area gets notified to do something because this is a joke and the whole estate is sick of it! … ask yourself this would you put up with this everyday?”

    Thewlis and other residents who have posted publicly to the council page have been contacted over Facebook for comment.

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    That's really scary. Imagine if that caught fire :afraid:
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    That's really scary. Imagine if that caught fire :afraid:
    They're used to bush fires...
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    Perhaps God's way of telling us residents of that town have a crappy sense of humour.
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    (Original post by lustawny)
    They're used to bush fires...
    Aye but not piles of dry flammable stuff right next to their house.
    But I read the whole article and apparently the fire risk is low so maybe it's not so bad.
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    Like something out of the x-files.
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    'Hairy Panic' :teehee:
 
 
 
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