Hungry goats help prevent fires in San Diego

Posted at 10:17 AM, Jun 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-27 13:26:32-04

ENCANTO, Calif. (KGTV)--It's an unusual sight in San Diego - hundreds of goats hanging out on a hillside. But it's becoming more common as landowners clear brush heading into the summer fire season.

At 61st St. and Imperial Ave. in Encanto, about 200 goats were hired to clear the thick grass and brush that had grown after this past rainy season.

"I've never seen it this thick," said Terry Dwayne Brooks, the pastor of Bay View Baptist Church, which owns the property and has hired the goats the past four years.

The goats are owned by Environmental Land Management. Operation manager, Johnny Gonzales says they currently have four different herds of goats working different plots throughout Southern California.

He says, the thick brush this year has made each job take longer than usual.