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Firefighters mop up Makaha Valley wildfire

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:24 a.m. HST, Jul 4, 2012

Firefighters returned Tuesday to mop up after containing a 500-acre wildfire that was still smoldering in Makaha Valley.

Six companies used hoses and hand tools while a fire helicopter made water drops to reduce the possibility of the fire flaring up, said Honolulu Fire Capt. Terry Seelig.

The wildfire began about 11 a.m. Saturday near Kaulawaha and Maiuu roads and burned within 200 yards of Makaha Valley Country Club.

About 75 firefighters battled the blaze on Saturday. The fire was considered contained on Sunday, but flared up and burned an additional 250 acres. About 70 firefighters fought the fire Monday. The Army Fire Department assisted with water drops.

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