Roxborough Park, a neighborhood between Denver and Colorado Springs, is taking an unusual approach to protect itself from wildfire: It's calling in the goats. Four hundred male goats are milling around, eating overgrown brush and weeds. They have curved horns and sizeable beards.

Like a lot of places in Colorado, flammable plant material has built up here. This effort to cut it back is just the kind of thing the Governor’s task force on wildfire recently recommended, that neighbors take responsibility for reducing the risk.

Ryan Warner spoke with the goats' owner, Lani Malmberg, and the head of fire mitigation at Roxborough's home owners' association, Dick Hart.

See a short video of Lani and the goats at work, directed and produced by CPR's Irvin Coffee.

 

[Photos: CPR/Irvin Coffee]