VIDEO: Hundreds of firefighters are patrolling the hills at Camp Pendleton this week for the base’s annual Wildland Fire School. It helps that the U.S. Marine Corps base can burn thousands of acres without threatening any homes or buildings.
“This is a really unique area where we could actually put literal fire on the ground and actually go out and go chase it,” Camp Pendleton Fire Captain Luis Gonzalez said.
“It’s really important," Poway Fire Engineer David Legaspi said. "It’s all about preparedness."
The increasing drought conditions throughout California are of particular concern to all of the firefighters.
“This year is already lining up to be a very large fire season,” Gonzalez said.
“Every summer we worry," Legaspi said. "These fires can get pretty big."