CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Carson City is welcoming what's become an annual spring contingent of four-legged firefighters.
Sheep released last week in the hills on the city's west side are munching on cheat grass and other emerging vegetation to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires this summer.
It's become a familiar sight in Nevada's capital city since 2006.
About 750 sheep will graze along the city's urban interface from south Carson City north to Western Nevada College. The Carson City Fire Department hauls water for the animals.
City officials say the arrangement benefits the animals and residents alike. The sheep get to eat, and they reduce the abundance of invasive weeds that dry out in the summer and provide more fuel for fires.
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