Forest service brings in goats to maintain fuel break

Goats roam an area of Cleveland National Forest land just off Ramona Oaks Road, munching on small shrubbery to help maintain the San Vicente/Barona Mesa Community Defense line that is designed to help protect San Diego Country Estates from wildfires. The entire line is over two miles in length and up to three hundred feet wide, said U.S. Forest Service Battalion Chief Tim Gray. “This is kind of an experimental project,” said Gray. “We’re trying to figure out the best avenue for maintaining this.” Sentinel photos/Karen Brainard

San Diego Country Estates residents should not be surprised if they suddenly see goats wandering through adjacent Cleveland National Forest lands.

According to forest service Fuels Battalion Chief Tim Gray, approximately 600 goats were scheduled to be unloaded at the end of Ramona Oaks Road on Tuesday, April 23, to work on maintaining a fuel break called the San  Vicente/Barona Mesa Community Defense.

“That fuel break is designed to protect San Diego Country Estates,” said forest service Public Affairs Officer Brian Harris.

Fuel breaks are established to prevent wildfires from spreading. Overseen by herders and occasionally forest service staff, the goats will eat small brush on a 100-acre segment of the defense line, said Gray. It is expected that will take about a month, he said.

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Posted by Karen Brainard on Apr 26 2013. Filed under Country Living, Featured Story, News, Ramona. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

3 Comments for “Forest service brings in goats to maintain fuel break”

  1. Oliver woods


  2. Resident


  3. big bird

    this should take the heat off the turkeys for a while.

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