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Makawao Forest Reserve Reopens After Fire

June 22, 2012, 10:30 AM HST
* Updated June 22, 10:31 AM
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By Wendy Osher

The Makawao Forest Reserve, which has been closed since Monday due to a brush fire, reopens today. The reserve was the site of a fire that burned 10 acres over four days.

State officials issued a reminder to the public, to practice fire safety this summer by extinguishing cigarettes, using camping stoves properly to avoid starting ground fires, and report any sign of a fire promptly.

The state also reopened the Kula Forest Reserve and Polipoli State Park earlier this week after high winds downed trees, posing a safety concern in the area.

Forestry crews say that although the road is passable and open to the public, trails at both locations will remain closed until further notice.

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Once each trail is cleared of debris, they will reopen one-by-one as work is completed.

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