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Schofield range fire flares again, blanketing area in dense smoke

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:38 a.m. HST, Oct 24, 2013

More than 250 acres have been scorched at a Schofield Barracks range from a fire that began more than a week ago.

The brush fire flared up again Wednesday morning, blanketing the area in dense smoke.

Army wildland fire crews and Marine firefighters responded to the blaze on remote military property.

Six helicopters, including one from the Honolulu Fire Department, are responding to the fire with water bucket drops.

The Army is also using an unmanned drone to help identify hot spots.

The fire first started in the area, Oct. 15. It was 100 percent contained Sunday evening with no visible smoke or hot spots, the Army said.

The Army said the fire poses no threat to nearby facilities or people, nor have any endangered or protected species been harmed. 

The original fire started in the range impact area. No prescribed burns were taking place Wednesday or last week.

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svkamahoi wrote:
There have been some fairly large fires on Schofield this week, lots of smoke. Hope they are being careful.
on October 23,2013 | 01:53PM
SteveToo wrote:
No threat to people? What about people down wind w/breathing problems????????????
on October 23,2013 | 04:57PM
false wrote:
Planned burns to make way for expansion. Total disregard for native forest and species. Give up. Burn, burn, burn. We don't have a chance.
on October 23,2013 | 06:17PM
FLIPTOP2 wrote:
So much for the Army who are supposed to be trained in controlling activities like this. How many fires have they had? Way more than outside the post. Hmmmm
on October 23,2013 | 06:24PM
mikethenovice wrote:
No body will go to jail over this.
on October 23,2013 | 06:31PM
mikethenovice wrote:
I think that I will stay on the East side of the island.
on October 23,2013 | 06:31PM
veelc wrote:
I remember those days. Fun days actually.
on October 23,2013 | 07:27PM
HanabataDays wrote:
Chee, what you expect when you fire HE rounds into dry vegetation? Time for pau already. Take 'um somewhere else and let us malama ka aina.
on October 24,2013 | 02:45AM
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