Seeing Smoke? It May Not Be a Fire
Fire drills happening around the city
GOLETA, CA - JULY 03: Firefighters survey the Gap fire as more than 1,000 wildfires continue burning across about 680 square miles of central and northern California, on July 3, 2008 near Goleta, California. The 2,000-acre wildfire threatens about 200 homes as it spreads through the chaparral-covered Santa Ynez Mountains in the Los Padres National Forest. Last week, President Bush declared a state of emergency for the entire state of California in response to the hundreds of fires burning since dry lightning storms crossed the state on June 20. Making matters worse for the more than 19,000 firefighters from 42 states battling the California wildfires, drought is wicking moisture from the vegetation which leads fire experts to fear a possible repeat of the firestorms of 2003 and 2007 that destroyed thousands of homes in southern California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Saturday, Aug 7, 2010 Updated at 11:31 AM PDT
If you see flames near the new Palomar Medical Center West, around Citracado Parkway on Saturday, or near MCAS Miramar, do not be alarmed.
From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., a controlled fire is set to take place as a part of the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting training at Miramar. Flames and smoke may be visible from nearby roadways, however no visibility restrictions are expected.
Another scheduled fire drill is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for an inter-agency mock high rise fire drill at Palomar Hospital. Firefighters will be rappelling and scaling the steel beams of the new hospital with mock patients. There are 15 fire agencies involved including, Escondido Fire, Vista, Oceanside, Ranch Santa Fe, San Pasqual Indian Reservation, Encinitas, Rincon, Pauma, Pala, National City, Ramona, Cal Fire, Pendleton, Elfin Forest, North County Fire Department.