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Grazing for Fire Prevention



Recently, we have seen California’s wildfire grow in intensity, scope and size. As thousands of acres of expansive open spaces burn each year in the state, along with destroying homes and communities there is interest in actively working to create a more fire resilient landscape. Managed livestock grazing with goats, sheep and cattle is one tool homes owners, land managers, communities and public agencies can utilize to reduce fire fuel loads that can lead to catastrophic fires. The goal of managed grazing is to reduce "fine fuels" that can carry a fire, not to "fire proof" your landscape. 

You can learn more in this homeowners guide to managed grazing and fire preparedness. (Coming soon). 

This page includes additional resources to assist you in implementing a managed grazing program and technical resources that can help you refine your managed grazing plan. 

Grazing for Change

The Grazing for Change publication can help landowners and property managers take an active part in creating a more fire resilient landscape protecting homes, businesses, communities, and natural resources. 

"Managed livestock grazing with goats, sheep, and cattle is one tool homeowners, land managers, communities and public agencies can utilize to reduce fire fuel loads that can lead to catastrophic fires," states Garrett Sjolund, Assistant Chief, CAL FIRE - Butte County. "Myself and other 
firefighters value livestock grazers to reduce the severity, continuity, and size of wildfires."

Copies of the booklet are available by contacting UC Cooperative Extension at smgbrown@ucanr.edu or click here to read the book online. 

Video - Webinar Grazing for Fire Prevention

Wildfire Home and Property Checklist - Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety Wildfire Checklist.  


Wildfire preparedness - Blog from UC Cooperative Extension 

Technical Assistance

University of California Cooperative Extension - Butte, Plumas and Sierra County - Livestock and Natural Resources Advsior 

Butte County Fire Safe Council 

Butte County Cal-Fire - Vegetation Management Program 

Natural Resources Conservation Service - Butte County 

Butte County Resource Conservation District 

Feather River Resource Conservation District 

**Look for your University of Cooperative Extension Advisor, Resource Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service Center for local assistance to establish or improve your land management to reduce fire fuels.