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Wildland Fire Training to Take Place in Launiupoko, Central Maui

The Maui County Department of Fire and Public Safety will be conducting wildland firefighting refresher training in the Launiupoko and Central Maui areas from April 17 through April 19 and again from April 22 through April 24.

This training will involve live fire, so residents may see or smell smoke and may see flames in the training areas.

The purpose of these exercises is two-fold:

  1. Provide valuable “hands-on” refresher training for firefighting personnel prior to the upcoming brush fire season
  2. Reduce the brush fire hazard in the neighboring communities by
    burning away fuel, thereby creating a “safety buffer” in the event of a brush fire in the upcoming months.

Specific locations and dates are as follows:

Central Maui
Where: A roughly 20-acre plot about 3 miles east of the sugar mill
Dates: April 19th, 23rd and 24th
Times: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Launiupoko
Where: A roughly 20-acre plot north of Haniu Street and Punakea Loop along the “Lahaina Pump Ditch Two”
Dates: April 17th, 18th and 22nd
Times: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The fire department has carefully planned these exercises and will take all necessary precautions to ensure that these training fires do not spread beyond their intended boundaries and that their impact on neighboring communities is minimized.

Any nearby residents who are especially sensitive to smoke may benefit by keeping their windows closed, using air-conditioning, and electing to stay inside during the training.

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