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California Dispatches Goats to Eat Brush, Prevent Wildfires

  • Ventura County is using the animals to trim dry grass
  • The strategy is on the rise among fire departments statewide
A goat clears brush in Los Angeles in 2008.

A goat clears brush in Los Angeles in 2008.

Photographer: David McNew/Getty Images 

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California firefighters are enlisting help from some unusual allies to prevent more deadly wildfires from ripping across the state -- goats.

The Ventura County Fire Department is releasing hundreds of goats next week north of Los Angeles to eat dead brush that could become fuel for a fires.