If you see smoke or fire near the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport don't be alarmed. First responders are igniting fires during a routine training on Thursday.

According to the Anchorage Fire Department, the live firefighting training will begin at 10 a.m. Large plumes of dark smoke may be seen coming from the airport's self-contained burn pit facility during the exercise. 

 
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"The burn pit facility is located on the south side of the Airport and is operated under an Air Quality Open Burn Permit issued by the Municipality of Anchorage, Department of Health and Human Services No. 18-002," AFD wrote in a statement.

The burn pit is designed specifically to contain fuel in order to conduct controlled training fires, according to AFD.

The fire department conducts live fire in accordance with FAA training requirements for aircraft rescue and firefighting personnel.

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