Fire crews respond to small fire at Army's Kahuku Training Area

Published On: Jun 28 2012 06:08:05 PM HST   Updated On: Jun 28 2012 06:17:21 PM HST
KAHUKU, Hawaii -

The Honolulu Fire Department worked with the Federal Fire Department and Army Fire to contain a small wildfire in the Army’s Kahuku Training Area Thursday, approximately one to two miles above Kamehameha Highway.

The fire was approximately 3.5 acres and was described as a slow moving fire.

At 5:45 p.m., the Honolulu Fire Department called the brush fire fully contained.  Army Range personnel will monitor the area overnight.

HFD was dispatched to this fire at 2:33 p.m. and has five engines, three water tankers, one helicopter, and one fuel tender responding with approximately 25 firefighters.

The Federal Fire Department has two engines, one brush truck, and one water tanker responding and the Army Fire has one brush truck responding to this fire.

Firefighters used hand tools and hose lines from pumpers to control this fire.

Water was shuttled to the pumpers by water tankers. Cause of the fire is unknown.

The fire burned a combination of grass, brush, and trees in the Koolau Mountains but did not damage any property or equipment or cause any injuries.

Firefighting efforts were challenged by strong winds, difficult access and water supply.

Winds were reported at approximately 23 miles per hour and firefighters had to travel over steep, narrow roads for approximately four miles to reach the fire.


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