Action to heat up at Camp Pendleton Thursday

Posted at 10:06 AM, May 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 13:06:52-04

Military and civilian firefighters, sheriff's deputies and helicopter crews will practice responding to wildfires Thursday at Camp Pendleton.

A wildland firefighting exercise is scheduled to get underway on the North County military installation at 1 p.m. and extend until about 2:30 p.m. Agencies set to participate include aviation and ground units from Camp Pendleton, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Navy Region Southwest and Third Fleet, Cal Fire and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

"This exercise will provide ready, trained and certified military and civilian resources to combat wildland fires in the region and culminates with a cooperative effort to extinguish a simulated wildland fire," according to a Camp Pendleton statement.

Base officials said fire crews would work together to establish a simulated fire line and conduct water bucket operations.