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Wildland fire training planned

Residents may see smoke and flames when the Maui Fire Department conducts a series of live fire wildland training exercises starting next week.

The training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays from Monday to June 19 on a parcel of Mahi Pono land just south of Haleakala Highway and west of Keahua Road.

Smoke and flames may be visible from Haleakala Highway, residential areas in Pukalani and Kula and from Kahului and Wailuku, according to the Fire Department. It said there may be smoke or the smell of smoke along Pulehu Road and as far as Maui Veterans Highway.

The exercises will allow firefighters to train in realistic conditions to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season, according to the Fire Department.

The department is asking people not to trespass onto private property to watch the training, which may involve heavy smoke that limits visibility at times. Fire crews and apparatus will operate on and next to unimproved roads in the area.

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