The goats are back in town

Julie Reichle

A goat stretches to reach some foliage from a tree branch. Cal Fire will remove the large debris that they cut down earlier to keep the hillside fire-safe.

Nature’s lawn mowers are back at it, clearing dry grass from the hillside above the Corporation Yard off Moraga Ave. Fire Chief Bret Black says the goats work at their own pace and after they clear the hillside above the yard, the herd will be moved to the opposite side of Moraga. A Cal Fire crew came through in the morning to clear any large trees / bushes in the area. Black coordinated with Mountain View Cemetery, which is paying some of the costs of bringing the goats to town.

The goats are contained in the areas of clearing by a low voltage electrical fence.

It’s not too early for homeowners to start their own clearing projects. PFD created a vegetation management video for homeowners earlier this month. Black says September is expected to be a bad fire season for Northern California with high winds and low rainfall expected.

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