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Army continues to fight Schofield range fire

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 12:15 p.m. HST, Oct 24, 2013

courtesy u.S. ArmyThe Army deployed six UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters on Wednesday to fight a brush fire on remote military property near the North Shore. The Army also used an unmanned aerial drone to help identify hot spots.

The Army this morning resumed its efforts to extinguish a brush fire using military and civilian helicopters to extinguish the blaze, which is located in remote areas of the North Shore.

So far all attempts to extinguish the blaze are being done by helicopters using water bucket drops. The fire is located on military property in an area inaccessible to firefighters on the ground, the Army said.

The fire has scorched more than 300 acres, blanketing the area in dense smoke

Five helicopters, three from the Army and one civilian, were airborne at 6:30 a.m. today providing water bucket drops. Marine helicopters also will be used today.

The Army said there was minimal fire activity overnight.

The fire, which started Tuesday, was 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.

No endangered or protected species were reported damaged, the Army reported.

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






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