Goat grazing has become an important part of vegetation management strategies used by the City of Oakland Fire Department. In 2015 the City of Oakland Fire Department Goat Grazing Project had removed a total approximation of 1,394 acres of excess vegetation. This effort helped reduce fires on City of Oakland properties.
Goats are deployed into open areas and are allowed to graze until a sufficient amount of vegetation is removed to reduce the threat of fire. Shepherds will monitor goats only eat invasive or undesirable plants and are restricted from grazing protected or endangered flora. The resulting grazing activity will provide a firebreak that reduces the speed at which a wild land fire can travel horizontally and threaten nearby structures and private property.
Learn more about how the City uses goats for wildfire risk management.