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Helicopters help tame wildfire on North Shore

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    An Army Chinook helicopter dropped water to douse a hot spot Thursday — the second day of response to a wildfire near Mokuleia, now estimated at 400-450 acres. The fire was 50 percent contained by Thursday afternoon.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Biologist Kapua Kawelo, Natural Resource Program manager for the Army, photographed some ohia plants Thursday that were on a ridge next to the one that caught fire. The burned ridge can be seen in the background.

Choppers made the difference Thursday in taming a 450-acre wildfire that threatens native plants and animals in the mountains above Waialua and Mokuleia, the first in at least 28 years. Read more

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