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How Goats Helped Save Reagan’s Presidential Library From California Fires

A herd of 500 goats helped save the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library from recent California wildfires.

Reagan was President of the United States from 1981 to 1989.

The goats ate the grass, creating a barrier against the advancing fire. This “flame-free” area gave firefighters more time to react to fires.

Goat farming is a way to remove highly flammable grass

For more than a week, a wave of wildfires has hit California. A few days ago, the fire reached Los Angeles, the second largest American city, causing hundreds of buildings to be evacuated and power cut as security measures.

Among the goats were animals named Vincent van Goat, Selena Goatmez and Goatzart. The nicknames are a joke that joined the word “goat” (goat or goat, in English) with the names of artists Vincent Van Gogh, Selena Gomez and Mozart.

The animals helped save a few exhibits hosted at the library, including a piece of Air Force One and a piece of the Berlin Wall.

“One of the firefighters told us that they believed the fire barrier made the (firefighting) job easier,” said Melissa Giller, a spokeswoman for the library.

The goats were hired by a local company — 805 Goats — to clear some 52,000 square meters of land.

Entrepreneur Scott Morris started the company last November. As California continues to see wildfires, Morris says he will need to double his herd to meet demand.

“One of the firefighters told us that they believed the fire barrier made the (firefighting) job easier,” said Melissa Giller, a spokeswoman for the library.

The goats were hired by a local company — 805 Goats — to clear some 52,000 square meters of land.

Entrepreneur Scott Morris started the company last November. As California continues to see wildfires, Morris says he will need to double his herd to meet demand.

Another major Southern California institution — the Getty Museum in Los Angeles — was also protected this week by staff cleanup work.

Volunteers try to put a frightened horse in a trailer

A man leads a horse on a rope through a field of smoke and small flames

Ranchs north of Los Angeles were evacuated as the fire spread.

What happened to the animals?
Farmers and volunteers have been scrambling to get animals off farms that are in the path of fire in California, moving them to trailers or other safe locations.

In some cases, when the flames move too quickly, the animals are simply released in the hope that they can escape on their own and later recover.

A resident of Canyon Country County, northwest of Los Angeles, leaves her home with her pets

A woman knitting next to her dog

Residents and pets had to flee their homes to avoid the California wildfires

Along with their owners, the pets were also taken from their homes, but many died or were lost.

A pet rescue Facebook group dedicated to helping return lost pets to their owners is inundated daily with photos of pets missing amid the fires.

Llamas also needed to be removed from the path of fire in California.

Several shelters under fire threat also had to evacuate the animals.

Of the more than ten wildfires in California, the so-called Kincade Fire in the north of the state is the largest, with about 3.7 million square meters burned so far.

On Friday (10/25), Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency across California.

Be that as it may, the goats helped, as well. “We were told by one of the firemen that they accept that [goat-created] fire break made their occupation simpler,” Melissa Giller, a representative for the library, tells Younis and Hay. “The brush just went up to this point, it didn’t arrive at the library, on the grounds that the goats ate everything.”

Clearing congested grass and weeds is a standard fire-anticipation technique, and goats are regularly used to take care of business, the Guardian’s Susie Cagle revealed in July. Advocates say that the creatures give a more practical option in contrast to herbicide and an all the more monetarily successful option in contrast to human brush-expulsion endeavors. (A report by authorities in Laguna Beach, California, for example, observed that brushing goats cost a normal of $550 per section of land, contrasted with $28,000 per section of land for “hand treatment cost.”)

“What’s more they’re much more amusing to watch than individuals with weed eaters,” Mike Canaday of the California land the executives organization Living Systems, told Cagle.

Goats can’t totally supplant other fire-control strategies; for one’s purposes, the quantity of creatures accessible for the undertaking is restricted. Yet, as environmental change takes steps to make fierce blazes progressively exceptional, observing successful and harmless to the ecosystem avoidance choices is turning out to be always significant. However they may not understand it, Vincent van Goat and his correspondingly insatiable accomplices can have an effect. As Giller told CNN after the Reagan Library arose protected from the Easy Fire, “[The goats] just demonstrated today the way that valuable they truly are.”

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