Brush Goats 4 Hire
Paul Wellman (file)

If the torrid heat of recent weeks and the lack of rain have you worried about wildfire, you’re not alone. A novel community-funded Indiegogo campaign — featuring the personable Henry the Goat — hopes to reduce the threat of wildfire from the nearby foothills by grazing herds of goats on the fire fuels growing there. Henry’s owners, Lorraine Argo and Ian Newsam of Brush Goats 4 Hire in Buellton, have collaborated with city, county, Montecito, and Summerland/Carpinteria fire agencies to identify 30 acres that goats could thin to protect populated areas. “The more money raised, the more acres cleared,” said Argo of crowdsourcing $50,000 by July 5. “We want this campaign to engage the community from the ocean to our mountains.” Go to to pitch in (and receive some fun perks, too).


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