Goats help clear brush to reduce wildfire fuel

Published: Jun. 14, 2018 at 10:52 PM EDT
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The return of the goats!

California has already seen some damaging brush fires in the past week.

So with fire season around the corner, Anaheim fire and rescue recruited the goats to clear brush.

Dozens of four legged friends have been brought to Deer Canyon preserve to eat as much as they can.

"We have an environmental land manager that's under contract here, we have about 180 boar, spanish and nubian goats that are out here, that are assisting with brush clearance."

The goats are part of the city's plan to clear thick, dangerous fuels that could ignite.

Anaheim fire says this two month process is much more efficient using these animals.

"It would take a long time, we would have to rotate crews repeatedly because of the terrain and how hot it is, where with the goats, they can work all day long."

Video from the drone shows the stark difference between areas the goats have already eaten and where they have yet to go.

Anaheim fire says it's a 3 step process.

"The goats will do their thing, then humans will come through, clear out what's left, the third thing is to plant new growth that will also be preventative."

Officials say the ever popular goats help underscore the importance of residents preparing for fire season as well.

"Not just from our point, of being able to prevent fires and fight them when they happen, because some you can't prevent, but also for our residents to always have a plan in place"