While home renovations are something we have control over, it's a lot harder to manage miles and miles of open wildland. Pyne says we could do as the Mediterranean countries do: bring in the goats. For years, goats and sheep in Europe have been used to cultivate landscapes, chewing up dry vegetation susceptible to fire. Some places in the U.S. are already doing this. After the Oakland firestorm in 1991, a local veterinarian and her husband, a firefighter, launched Ecosystem Concepts, "home of the four-legged firefighters," which use animals like goats and sheep to clear out fire fuel and unmanageable vegetation. But this strategy has its pitfalls—left unchecked, these grass-guzzling goats will eat (and subsequently destroy) all vegetation within their reach.