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    Goats help save Reagan library from destruction as California wildfire threatens

    Goats help save Reagan library from destruction as California wildfire threatens

    LOS ANGELES – As a fast-growing wildfire scorched a corner of Simi Valley, California, flames came within a few feet of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and an unlikely hero may have saved the day.

    The structure was threatened but undamaged Wednesday morning by the so-called Easy Fire. Goats that grazed on vegetation near the property are partially to thank for why the building remains standing.

    In other words, goats are the G.O.A.T.

    Library spokeswoman Melissa Giller said the Ventura County Fire Department brings hundreds of goats every May to eat the brush around the perimeter of the library to create a fire break.

    "The firefighters on the property said that the fire break really helped them because as the fire was coming up that one hill, all the brush has been cleared, basically," she said.
    Maybe PG&E needs to get them some goatherds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm dePlume View Post
    Maybe PG&E needs to get them some goatherds.
    PG&E's issue is trees but it is true that everybody else's issue is deadwood, brush, and edible fuels.

    What's ironic here (and in my State to a lesser extent) is that it is common knowledge that Natives burned forests and grasslands all the time for their own benefit. Burned over forest and grass is way more productive than 'old growth' anything. Natives also didn't fight any fires, they just left until it was over.

    We use goats out here a lot for weed (urban) and brush (rural) control. They do a great job and seem to cheer people up more than brush-hogs. We do allow power companies to clear cut under and adjacent to their lines which helps a lot. We've also instituted more serious fire prevention stuff for homeowners living in areas very susceptible to fire damage.

    A lot of the answers here are not terribly complicated in practice: suppress or regularly burn brush, create firebreaks, require metal roofs when roofs need to be replaced, get rid of trees growing within X distance of a structure, etc. Many, many structures have been grandfathered so this isn't of immediate help everywhere.

    We fall down in other areas, particularly allowing logging and the removal and use of pine-kill wood. There are ways to do this safely now and there is a market. Our forests are largely composed of trees designed to burn. Some can easily survive a wildfire and others require periodic burns to reproduce and stay healthy.

    It's a tough sell to urbanites who have second homes in 'the woods' and want to retain that cozy, forest look. If you look at working operations, you will see that homes and barns are generally clear cut with grazed land surrounding anything important and well maintained firebreaks.
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    They weren't kidding around.

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    Easy peasy. Let Gavin fix everything.

    California governor says state could take over PG&E
    The state of California could take over Pacific Gas and Electric if the utility company does not pull itself out of bankruptcy by the middle of next year, California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a news conference Friday.

    "PG&E as we know it may or may not be able to figure this out. If they cannot, we are not going to sit around and be passive," Newsom said. "If Pacific Gas and Electric is unable to secure its own fate and future ... then the state will prepare itself as backup for a scenario where we do that job for them."

    The Northern California utility, which has come under fire recently for cutting power to thousands of people as part of its plan to prevent wildfires, filed for bankruptcy protection in January while facing billions of dollars in claims tied to deadly fires. Newsom said that his office aims to get the company out of bankruptcy by June 30, 2020 by first working on a plan with PG&E and other stakeholders.

    "We want to bring everyone together, we want to broker a deal. It's what we do," he said.

    But if an agreement isn't reached, he said, the state could step in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newman View Post
    Easy peasy. Let Gavin fix everything.

    California governor says state could take over PG&E
    I hope this happens. The people in Cali think they have troubles now, I can't wait to see what happens if the government takes over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 80zephyr View Post
    I hope this happens. The people in Cali think they have troubles now, I can't wait to see what happens if the government takes over.

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