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Source: Heartland Fire and Rescue

May 29, 2015 (Lemon Grove)--The City of Lemon Grove, along with its fire department, Heartland Fire & Rescue, is taking steps to clear brush from 8 and a half acres near Lawton Drive and Camino De Las Palmas. Goats are being used as part of the process in clearing heavy brush to minimize fire danger and help create defensible space for homes in this area.

“This type of brush abatement is a tremendous help to firefighters in protecting land and nearby homes from fast moving brush fires during our summer months and the long fire season we live with in San Diego County” says Heartland Fire Chief Rick Sitta.

The company being used for this project in Lemon Grove is Environmental Land Management (ELM), the same company that was used in El Cajon to create the defensible space in 2011 that assisted in the protection of several homes from a brush fire.

Quick actions by firefighters, and defensible space created by this weed abatement process, allowed firefighters to keep the fire small, burning just a half-acre behind homes on Hacienda Drive, rendering no harm to structures. 

ELM began delivering 150 adult and 50 juvenile goats (kids) on Monday, May 25, 2015. The brush clearing event will last approximately 2 weeks and the goats may be visible to those traveling along the 125 freeway in the area of Lemon Grove.

Attached is a flyer that was delivered to 72 property owners surrounding this site. This notice provides some brief information on the work that will be performed and guidelines for neighbors to follow regarding the goats. For more information on this weed abatement project, please contact Heartland Fire & Rescue Fire Marshal Chris Jensen. His number is (619) 667-1355