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Brush fire continues to char Schofield training range

  • COURTESY U.S. ARMYAn Army helicopter drops water on a brush fire at Schofield Barracks today.
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    An Army helicopter drops water on a brush fire at Schofield Barracks today.

A brush fire touched off Tuesday has so far burned about 400 acres near Oahu’s North Shore, according to U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

The burn area includes Schofield Barracks training range terrain and Dole property.  

There are no reported injuries tied to the blaze and it has not posed a threat to facilities, Army officials said in news release issued this afternoon.  

The fire started as a flare-up from a brush fire that first ignited on Oct. 15. That fire was fully contained on Sunday evening, with no visible signs of smoke or hot spots.

Yesterday, firefighters from both the Army and Marines worked on the ground to contain the flare-up blaze, which blanketed the area with a dense smoke. Six helicopters, including one from the Honolulu Fire Department, were used for water bucket drops. The Army also used an unmanned aerial drone to help identify hot spots. The Army continued firefighting efforts today, with water bucket drops starting at 6:30 a.m., according to U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.

The burn area is inaccessible to firefighters on the ground due to safety and complex terrain. Army fire crews are stationed on the perimeter, trying to keep the fire from spreading.

Army and Marine aircraft assisting in the effort include two UH-60 Blackhawks, one CH-47 Chinook, two Army contracted helicopters and a Marine CH-53 Sea Stallion.

At this time, no threatened and endangered species have been impacted, officials said.

No prescribed burns were taking place Tuesday or last week. 

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