Goat brigades help battle Portugal's deadly wildfires

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Portuguese shepherd Fernando Moura, 49, milks a goat near Loriga, at Serra da Estrela mountain, in center Portugal on September 21, 2018. – Hoping to contain wildfires that threaten its mountains each year, Portugal's government has hired goats to munch through undergrowth and create natural, cost-effective fire barriers. For the next five years, goats have one mission — to roam across the slopes of the central Serra da Estrela range and clear around 50 hectares (123.5 acres) of scrubland to create the natural firewalls. (Photo by Francisco LEONG / AFP)

Fernando Moura and his herd may not look like heroes but the Portuguese farmer and his 370 goats are the latest recruits in the country’s battle against summer forest fires.

Hoping to contain wildfires that threaten its mountains each…



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