WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — A community in Washington state plans to use goats to reduce the risk of wildfires.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Wednesday that a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will fund the rental of goats to clear flammable brush around Wenatchee.
A wildfire near the city 148 miles (238 kilometers) east of Seattle four years ago destroyed 28 homes and three businesses.
Chelan County Fire District 1 Chief Brian Brett says 300 goats will be used for up to 10 days in July to eat fast-burning grass from areas that are hard for people and machines to reach.
This is the first time the district has rented the animals from a goat herder in Ephrata, Washington.
Brett says if the experiment goes well, the goats will return next spring.