MARIPOSA – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) will be conducting a live fire training exercise at Eastman Lake on Monday, May 22, and Wednesday, May 24.
The training will be in cooperation with Madera County Fire and the Army Corp of Engineers. If conditions are conducive, approximately 170 acres of grass and oak understory will be burned from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.
Firefighters will be training on tactics and strategies of fire suppression, handline construction, and perimeter control of wildland firefighting.
About 50 firefighters will participate in the training, which will utilize multiple resources including fire engines, crews, bulldozers and water tenders.
Eastman Lake will still be open to the public for day use and recreating, however there will be limited access to the west side. The public can still enjoy the lake, and no campgrounds or day use areas will be closed, according to the Army Corp of Engineers.
For more information or to check on conditions if you see smoke in the area, contact the Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit fire information hotline at 844-MMU-FIRE (844-668-3473).