MCAS Miramar's brush management comes as result of 2003 Cedar Fire

Crews conducted controlled burn on base Thursday

SAN DIEGO - Crews at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar conducted a controlled burn on the base Thursday, and 10News found that the burns are organized with elements learned from the 2003 wildfires.

As a formation of Marine FA/18's passed overhead to land at MCAS Miramar, members of the Laguna Hotshot crew were setting fire to the east side of the base.

The prescribed burn, as it's called, is part of an annual brush management system put in place after the 2003 wildfire.

"After it burned more than 17,000 acres, the Cedar Fire really opened our eyes to a strong brush management program at the air station," said Miramar Fire Operations Chief Paul Thompkins.

The area chosen for the burn was next to an explosive ordnance disposal area where fires have unintentionally started.

"This area burned two years ago," Thompkins said. "This effort is to keep whatever fires that start on Miramar inside of Miramar."

Working with crews from U.S Forest Service, the goal is to thin out the vegetation while also keeping the fire in check.

"That's the role of the Hotshots -- to clear away the vegetation from the fire's edge so it doesn't spread any further," said Jim Huston, a hotshot crew supervisor.

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