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6 Honolulu firefighters learning at Colorado wildfire

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DEL NORTE, Colo. » Some firefighters from Hawaii are the scene of the massive wildfire burning in southwestern Colorado.

Six firefighters from the Honolulu Fire Department have been shadowing commanders at the West Fork Fire complex. Fire managers said today they’re there to learn more about the management of long term incidents because of their incidents only last a day or two.

The original fire started three weeks ago and has since grown to include two more fires burning on a total of 130 square miles. It’s forced the evacuation of hundreds of people from the summer retreat of South Fork and closed a stretch of a key roadway. Firefighters are pinning their hopes on controlling the fire on the arrival of afternoon thunderstorms during monsoon season. That typically starts in July.

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