VCFD needs help to prepare for fire season

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The VCFD gets a helping hand from 1,400 goats, who clear brush and create the all-important defensible space by filling their bellies. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kimberly Rivers)

Kimberly Rivers, Ojai Valley News correspondent

The Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) hosted an information and demonstration event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library as part of their efforts to remind the public to prepare for the wildfire season.
The event emphasized defensible space, defensible space, and — you guessed it — defensible space.
“Despite the (recent) rain events, this year has been one of the driest and hottest in recent years,” said Chief Kevin Grant, fire management officer with the Ojai District of the Los Padres National Forest. He said residents of the Ojai Valley need to be

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