Wild Horses Could Keep Wildfire At Bay : Short Wave Stephanie O'Neill reports that's the hope behind the Wild Horse Fire Brigade, a non-profit program piloted by William Simpson.

Under a 1971 Congressional Act, the Bureau of Land Management has the right to round up wild horses on public lands. Oftentimes, those horses are shipped to holding facilities, where they are kept in captivity and separated from their families. William Simpson wants to change that. He wants to deploy the wild horses across public lands, to live and graze — and ultimately, prevent the worst wildfires.

Wild Horses Could Keep Wildfire At Bay

Wild Horses Could Keep Wildfire At Bay

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A band of wild horses on a mountainside near the Soda Mountain Wilderness area. Photo Courtesy of: Wild Horse Fire Brigade - a non-profit organization hide caption

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Photo Courtesy of: Wild Horse Fire Brigade - a non-profit organization

A band of wild horses on a mountainside near the Soda Mountain Wilderness area.

Photo Courtesy of: Wild Horse Fire Brigade - a non-profit organization

Stephanie O'Neill reports that's the hope behind the Wild Horse Fire Brigade, a non-profit program piloted by William Simpson.

Under a 1971 Congressional Act, the Bureau of Land Management has the right to round up wild horses on public lands. Oftentimes, those horses are shipped to holding facilities, where they are kept in captivity and separated from their families.

William Simpson wants to change that.

He wants to deploy the wild horses across public lands, to live and graze — and ultimately, prevent the worst wildfires.

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez, edited by Gisele Grayson and fact-checked by Rachel Carlson. Natasha Branch was the audio engineer.