Goats Enlisted in the Effort to Prepare for Spring & Summer Fires!

Fire officials in Ventura County are worried about the potential for bad fires in the Spring and Summer because of the drought. The effects of the drought have left brush high and dry and ready to burn. Each year they have an event to ask the community to remind everyone to do their part.

Firefighters say that includes the following tips:

*People need to have defensible space around their homes *Be aware of your surroundings *Have a plan. You need to know what to do when fire strikes.

*Have a kit for three days worth of supplies

Will the Drought Impact Water-Dropping Fire Choppers?

And, when it comes to the drought's impact on potential fires, fire behavior analyst Brendan Ripley says, "It is extremely serious mainly from the standpoint when you look at the conditions from the long-term drought."

The dry grassy conditions which bring us to what to do about cutting yard. In a typical home we all know what to do, but if you have lots of acreage like the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley goats might be the ticket! 1400 young goats were brought to the Presidential Library to eat away all of the grass and brush. Operators of the goat business say it should take about a week to 10 days to gobble up 14 acres.

See more in our video report.

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