Goats partly to thank as Ronald Reagan Presidential Library spared from California wildfires destruction

Written by on November 26, 2019

Goats are partly to thank as the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library was spared from destruction from  California wildfires Wednesday.

Allowing goats to graze the property in May each year reportedly keeps brush away from the library’s perimeter, keeping the building safe from the current blaze.

The Ventura County Fire Department brings hundreds of the animals to the property, creating a fire break, according to Library spokeswoman Melissa Giller.

“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, according to USA Today.

That fire, dubbed the Easy Fire, has covered over 1,300 acres in flames and threatened about 6,500 homes, according to Ventura County officials.

Flames roared just a few feet from the library pavilion holding Reagan’s Air Force One, said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute.

Along with the goats, there were human and technological factors in play to save the library as well, he added.

“What saved this library was those brave helicopter pilots,” Heubusch said. “They braved 80-per-mile gusts to put water in that canyon. Gusts like that drove enormous flames up to the library.”

Over 60 million pages of documents and 1.6 million photographs from the Reagan administration are housed at the library along with a great deal of audio and video tapes well, according to the library’s website.

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