Using Goats in Wildfire Prevention
The U.S. Forest Service is getting creative when it comes to wildfire mitigation. You might even say they came up with the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) idea!
Summer hasn't stopped us from managing potential fire risk, it just means we have to get more creative! Last week, 1,200 goats joined us on the Cleveland to eat away hundreds of pounds of dried vegetation. And they seem to be enjoying some rock climbing as well! Good Work Goats!! pic.twitter.com/e2Kq70quEB
— Cleveland NF (@ClevelandNF) August 22, 2018
The Cleveland National Forest in southern California has taken on goats to manage potential fire risk. 1,200 hungry goats were brought in to eat away at hundreds of pounds of dried vegetation!
Dry grass and brush are key to generating wildfires. With exposure to open flames, dry vegetation catches fire more easily than healthy, water rich vegetation.
The Cleveland National Forest is where the Holy Fire sparked up in early August, destroying at least 18 homes, and causing evacuations in the area. After having almost full containment on the burn, the fire reignited briefly on Tuesday, Aug 27, flaring up an additional 150 acres of wildfire. Local officials are working to contain the flames.