On Saturday, May 16, firefighting crews will be at their jobs as if a major wildfire were burning in the vicinity of Old La Honda Road in Woodside.
Residents living in three neighborhoods will be asked to evacuate their home for the annual drill in the Woodside Fire Protection District, said Fire Chief Dan Ghiorso.
The fire district -- which includes Woodside, Portola Valley and nearby unincorporated communities -- chose a Saturday for the drill because more people will be at home to participate, said Town Manager Kevin Bryant.
The town's emergency operations center will be up and running and participating in the drill.
A fire drill timeline provided by the fire district includes the possibility of evacuation of residents near Portola Road and Highway 84 at midmorning.
Another midmorning evacuation could be ordered along Old La Honda Road, Upper Lake Road, Lower Lake Road, according to the plan.
Residents on Espinosa Road and Grandview Drive may be included in this evacuation.
Residents "have responded very enthusiastically," the chief said. "We understand the effort it will take on their part and are very happy with their desire to participate."
Old La Honda Road will be closed to traffic, including bicycle traffic, for the day, the fire district said.
The purpose of the drill, Chief Ghiorso said, is twofold: train firefighters for a wildfire that is inevitable, whether in the district or elsewhere in the region, and educate the community on preparing for and responding to that fire when it comes.
"We have been doing this drill for four years now and it gets better every year in regards to participation, challenges and overall organization," the chief said.