California Implements Unique Wildfire Prevention Tactic
It’s starting to get hot across California, which means that the threat of wildfires is increasing. An important part of wildfire prevention is to be proactive and minimize the amount of dead brush that could become fuel for fires. One county has been using a unique fire prevention tactic for about five years now. Ventura County has been using goats to trim vegetation in order to minimize the risk of wildfires spreading faster than they can be contained. In an interview with Bloomberg, Captain Ken VanWig, who oversees the department’s vegetation management program, stated the following regarding the wildfire prevention tactic,
They’ll eat until we like the way the landscape looks, and then we move them to another area. They’re very effective. It’s another tool in the tool box.
This is definitely a great way to prevent wildfires from spreading and becoming more destructive. Hopefully more counties decide to try this same tactic to see how much of a difference it can make during the wildfire season.