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Laguna Beach

 Volume 12, Issue 55  |  July 10, 2020

Fire prevention crew

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Fire prevention horns

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Future members of the fire crew stay close to mom. Laguna Beach has been using goats as part of its fuel reduction and vegetation management program since the early 1990s. The program was expanded after the 1993 fire burned across 14,000 acres, destroying or damaging 441 homes in Laguna Beach.

Fire prevention Jonah

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Visitors walk along the fire access roads between Moulton Meadows and Top of The World Parks to see the goats hard at work. Each year, Peruvian goats visit Laguna Beach to eat away the fuel source for potential fires. They mow the canyon hills bare one section at a time. 

Fire prevention newborns

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The kids are alright! Newborn kids will start to eat grass or hay with their nanny when just a few days old. The introduction of goatherds in these areas has proven to be an ideal solution to the problem.


Shaena Stabler is the Owner, Publisher & Editor.

Dianne Russell is our Associate Editor & Writer.

Michael Sterling is our Webmaster & Designer.

Mary Hurlbut is our Chief Photographer.

Alexis Amaradio, Barbara Diamond, Dennis McTighe, Diane Armitage, Marrie Stone, Maggi Henrikson, Samantha Washer, and Suzie Harrison are our writers and/or columnists. Scott Brashier is our photographer.

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