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Multiple fire crews working on brush fire at Schofield Barracks

Published On: Oct 23 2013 02:42:14 PM HST
Updated On: Oct 23 2013 03:33:29 PM HST

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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -

U.S. Army Wildland fire crews, the Honolulu Fire Department, and Marine assets are responding to a brush fire at a training range on Schofield Barracks Wednesday.

Schofield Barracks officials say the fire started Tuesday due to the rekindling of a fire in the same area on Oct. 15, that was 100 percent contained Sunday evening with no visible smoke or hot spots.

The fire is located on military property in an area inaccessible to fire fighters on the ground due to complex terrain. Six helicopters are responding to the fire with water bucket drops. The Army is also utilizing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to help identify hotspots.

An estimated 250 acres have burned thus far, however, there is no threat to nearby facilities or people. At this time, no endangered or protected species have been damaged. The responders' primary focus is to contain the fire and keep it on military property.

The original fire started in the range impact area.

No prescribed burns were taking place today or last week. Residents and motorists may see smoke in the sky.

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