Update: View a video of the goat-run.
July 29, 2011 (Lemon Grove) -- The City of Lemon Grove, along with its fire department, Heartland Fire & Rescue, will be taking steps to clear brush from eight and one-half acres of land near Lawton Drive and Camino De Las Palmas. Goats will be used as part of the process in clearing heavy brush and creating defensible space for homes in this area.
ELM will begin work Saturday morning, creating a staging area and paddock at the end of Lawton Drive. The public is welcome to come by between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. There will be a small nursery of baby goats for children to see, and ELM Operations Manager Johnny Gonzales will prepare his goats for the traditional “running of the goats” starting at 9:00 a.m.
During this event, the goats will be guided to the first targeted area of brush in the area near Lawton Drive and Palm Street. During the four-day process the goats may be visible to those traveling along the 125 freeway in the area of Lemon Grove.
“This type of brush abatement is a tremendous help for firefighters in protecting land and nearby homes from fast moving brush fires,” said Monica Zech, spokesperson for Heartland Fire & Rescue.
The company being used for this project is Environmental Land Management (ELM), the same company that created the defensible space that recently saved several homes from a brush fire in El Cajon. Quick action by firefighters and defensible space kept the fire small, burning just a half-acre behind homes on Hacienda Drive.
For more information on this weed abatement project, please contact Lemon Grove Fire Inspector Thomas Rosenberger at (619) 573-7966. To contact ELM, please call (619) 234-4555.