May 15, 2013 2:22 PM by Donna Winnick, KSBY News

Wildfire readiness exercise set for this weekend

This Saturday, May 18th, fire departments from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties will participate in a readiness exercise designed to simulate a wildfire burning on the Nipomo Mesa west of Highway 101 between Los Berros Road and Willow Road.

About 20 fire engines from local, county and state agencies, along with several support vehicles will be involved.

Although traffic should not be noticeably impacted, residents and motorists should be on alert to the presence of fire department vehicles moving through this area.

The exercise will begin at approximately 8AM at the Nipomo Fire Station on the 400 block of Pioneer Avenue.

It will conclude at approximately 3PM.

This exercise will train fire department personnel on how to evaluate homes, vegetation, and topography in the event of a wildfire.

Residents are also encouraged to prepare for this possibility by maintaining good defensible space and having a plan in place should they ever have to evacuate their homes due to an approaching wildfire.

Fire Chief Robert Lewin stated, "When there is a threatening fire, all the fire departments in this county work shoulder to shoulder to suppress it, this exercise gets us ready to do just that."



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