The Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (MCAS) Fire Department is scheduled to conduct a controlled burning of vegetation around East Miramar on Saturday morning.
Smoke and flames may be visible from East Miramar, West Sycamore Canyon, Scripps Ranch community and freeway corridors from midmorning to 4 p.m., according to a statement.
Approximately 20 acres of selected strands of vegetation will be burned as part of an annual wildfire prevention program, said U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Gabriel Adibe.
“On a whole, prescribed burns help get rid of the vegetation that fuel fires,” Adibe said. "So getting rid of those plants and vegetation is a great benefit."
It also helps form fire breaks to stop a fire if one happens to reach the area, Adibe added.
The burns are only conducted under specific weather conditions. Temperature, humidity, winds and moisture from within the plants are all taken into consideration beforehand, according to a statement.
MCAS Miramar said no visibility restrictions are expected.