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City of Paso Robles to use livestock grazing to reduce fire risk in Salinas Riverbed

Paso Robles City
Posted at 12:05 PM, Aug 15, 2020

Paso Robles city officials said Saturday crews will use grazing with livestock to reduce wildfire risk in the Salinas Riverbed.

In a news release sent to KSBY, a spokesperson for the City of Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services said the mitigation of vegetation overgrowth is part of the city's Hazardous Fuel Reduction Program.

City officials said they contracted The Goat Girls LLC to graze nearly 15 acres of vegetation.

Using a mixture of 250 goats and sheep, the project will begin at Larry Moore Park and move north along the River Walk to Navajo Road and west under the Niblick Bridge, said city officials.

The path will remain open to community members while the animals are grazing the area, but community members should avoid going near the electric fencing containing the animals, according to the spokesperson.

The animals will arrive in Paso Robles on Monday. Crews estimate the treatment to be completed before the end of August.