MILPITAS -- Residents can expect to see smoke rising above the east Milpitas hills on Wednesday and Thursday, as fire crews will be conducting training exercises to hone their wildland fire skills.

The burns will take place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and will produce smoke intermittently through the day at Ed Levin County Park on Calaveras Road. The hang gliding area on Downing Road will be closed during the training.

It is being conducted by the Santa Clara County Fire Department, and will involve firefighters from several different agencies. It comes after four days of training, and is aimed at teaching crews "how to use fire as an offensive and defensive tool in combating catastrophic wildland fires," according to a news release.

Fire officials said it will benefit the park as well because nonnative invasive grasses will be burned.

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