AGOURA, Calif. (AP) _ Los Angeles County's frontline fighters working to control the growth of brush before it can fuel wildfires were shepherded into new pastures Sunday. About 1,400 sheep were herded across an overpass over the Ventura Freeway.

''They moved them now because they want them to trample some brush near some homes on the other side of the freeway,'' said California Highway Patrol spokesman Kenn Rosenberg. ''They just move them around from hillside to hillside.''

The flock moved Sunday, plus another 1,500-head flock, are an alternative to controlled burns in which fires are purposely set to destroy fire-hazardous growths of brush and weeds.

''It went pretty smoothly,'' said Rosenberg. ''They tried to get onto the freeway for a little while, but they were shepherded away.''

Several shepherds and two dogs moved the flock across an overpass here, 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, in about 30 minutes starting at 5:30 a.m., Rosenberg said.

''There wasn't a whole lot of traffic out there this morning,'' he said.