Goats do their part to fight fires

Posted at 3:21 PM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 18:21:40-04

A fire department in southern California is fighting wildfires with wild animals -- over 450 goats, to be specific.

The Ventura County Fire Department set hundreds of goats free in the county's Simi Valley hillside on Wednesday in the hopes they will eat up acres of dry brush, which is potential fuel for wildfires, according to ABC station KABC-TV in Los Angeles.

"We still have this dead, decadent brush as a result of the years of drought," Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said at a news conference. Fire officials emphasized that even on a cool day, the dry brush that is prolific in the County could easily burn.

Fire officials said the goats will be released for the next four to six weeks, in hopes they eliminate danger spots by eating the dry grasses down to the dirt.

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