Currently in Los Angeles — June 16th, 2022

The weather, currently.

A grey morning becomes a bright afternoon

Thursday will be a snooze button type of morning. The marine layer will keep us grey with patchy fog and low clouds throughout the morning. Plan for that second cup of coffee now. Our skies slowly clear and we’ll have blazing sunshine by early afternoon so keep that sunscreen handy. Our high reaches 81°F. South southwest winds could gust up to 20mph. Cloud cover is again hovering over us like a bad dream by 11pm, so I hope you weren’t planning on star gazing. Our low hits 62°F. Enjoy your Thursday!

—Stacy Blundell

What you need to know, currently.

Goats — yes, goats — could prevent wildfires in California, according to National Geographic.

The continuation of the megadrought in the West — which has made the region the driest its been in 1,200 years — along with the upcoming dry winter and looming effects of climate change will surely worsen this year’s fire season. And, dead vegetation has increased the number of California wildfires as well. Megablazes, which are fires that burn more than 100,000 acres, are devastating the state more and more, too.

During past fire seasons, land managers have utilized herbicide and human labor to clear out some of the foliage and non-native plants that compete with the state’s native vegetation. When non-native species die off, they become fuel for wildfires. And sometimes, these clearing methods still left seeds behind.

As a result, more and more people in California are bringing in goats to clear the land and in turn, prevent wildfires. When the goats eat any unwanted or non-native vegetation, the plants’ seeds become nonviable.

So, next time you see a horned herbivore trotting around, munching on some vegetation, thank it for its service. It could be stopping a fire.

—Aarohi Sheth