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Brush Goats 4 Hire Offers Unique Fire Abatement Service

A California company has found a way to keep people safe from wildfires and keep the local goats happy.  "USA Today" reports Brush Goats 4 Hire, based in Santa Barbara County, is making a name for itself by bringing more than 60 goats to various locations so they can eat chemise, ceanothus, thistle and other types of grasses that pose fire hazards. 

Owner Lorraine Argo says the animals seem to enjoy the job, explaining that they eat for about 20 minutes and then "lie down like they're pregnant."  Her husband Ian Newsam adds that the goats are "amazingly agile," which gives them the ability to clean up hillsides and other locations that are inaccessible with machines or just too dangerous for people to access. 

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