CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
Firefighters with Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Fire Department and Los Angeles Fire Department will conduct a 170-acre prescibed burn in order to help reduce the risk of future wildland fires, on Saturday starting at 8: 30 a. m.
With 30 CPFD and 60 LAFD firefighters on scene, the fire will burn through the November training area near the installation's border with Oceanside, while being contained by five brush engines, two hand crews and one engine from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The burning of existing dry vegetation will reduce available fuel for future fires and help maintain native species of annual grass.
The prescibed burn represents a unique training opportunity for LAFD to conduct wildland firefighting training in a rural environment and is an excellent example of how Camp Pendleton serves as a regional wildland firefighting training resource.
Training on the installation is continuous for Marines regardless of most weather conditions. Prescibed burns allow Marine units to prepare for future deployments year round by reducing the risk of training related fires.
During the burn, smoke may be visible from the surrounding community.
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