Firefighters training at Eagle Ranch in Atascadero today

County/Cal Fire will hold its annual fire preparedness exercise today at Eagle Ranch off Santa Barbara Road in south Atascadero.

Participants will practice using tools to scrape grass and cut brush. They will also hike and conduct safety exercises to become qualified as Type 1 fire crews for emergency response throughout California.

Crews have been training several months for this exercise, officials said.

Also participating are employees from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of Juvenile Justice, and the California Conservation Corps.