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City, state personnel continue battle against Makakilo brush fire

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Honolulu firefighters and state Department of Forestry and Wildlife personnel are continuing their protracted battle against still-smoldering areas of the 1,000-acre brush fire that started two weeks ago in upper Makakilo.

While the fire is no longer considered a threat to homes in the area, firefighters have not yet been able to fully extinguish it due to inaccessible terrain and a heavy canopy of vegetation that has stymied attempts from helicopters dropping water on the fire.

Firefighters have been battling the fire since Aug. 22, when two 7-year-old boys playing with a lighter accidentally ignited dry brush in an area off Umena Street.

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