(KUTV) When you think of Camp Williams, a soldier learning how to battle probably comes to mind first; not cattle grazing in the fields.
However, this is exactly what you'll see up in the hills at Camp Williams. The camp Commander and Chief Lt. Col. Tyler Smith oversees a 27 thousand acre training site. This is where 12 thousand soldiers a year come to train, but it's also become a hot spot for some dangerous fires over the years. Some of these fires have torched homes and forced the evacuation of residents.
The answer was actually pretty simple, bring in 500 head of cattle to eat the cheat grass before it grows out of control and turns into fuel. The cattle grazing at Camp Williams come from seven different ranches and arrived mid-April.
Their first order of business was to move the four legged firefighters into the right pasture and let them start chomping. According to Lt. Col. Tyler Smith the program is working, "You can tell a big difference where cattle have grazed and where they haven't grazed."
John Lewis with the Lehi Cattle Association oversees all the animals to make sure they are healthy and eating in the right areas. Just like the Old West every couple of weeks there will be a cattle drive to move the animals to greener pastures.
This year Camp Williams is celebrating its 100th anniversary, they will be holding an official celebration there on May 17th. For more information about Camp Williams go to: www.ut.ngb.army.mil/campwilliams/
By: Dan Rascon
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