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Dangerous Brush? Firefighters got your goat

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Firefighters in the East County are getting ready for fire season by calling in some specialists.

Goats are being enlisted to help clear brush near homes in Lemon Grove.

Not often do Lemon Grove residents have goats in their backyards, but they are hard workers and they are helping chew away dry brush to prevent fires from spreading to homes.

"We welcome them wholeheartedly," said Lemon Grove resident Julius De La Pena.

About 200 goats were brought in to chew away the brush along Lawton Drive and Camino De Las Palmas. The goats are helping create a defensible space in preparation for fire season.

"They can clear this whole area in two weeks, so you're going to clear about eight to nine acres in two weeks," said Sonny Saghera with Heartland Fire and Rescue.

On Wednesday, Environmental Land Management assisted Heartland Fire and Rescue release the goats.

Neighbors said the goats give them a taste of rural life and a defensible space in case of a fire.

"Without them, we could probably be victims of a fire," said De La Pena.

Environmental Land Management sent out notices to residents asking them not to bring pets around the goats. Children must have an adult with them at all times.

A goat born Wednesday will have a nursery for viewing and feeding times will be posted.

The goats are expected to remain out there for two weeks before moving North.

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