Stubborn Waialua Wildfire Grows to 450 Acres

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:14:40 AM HST   Updated On: Oct 26 2013 01:30:22 PM HST
WAIALUA, Hawaii -

The air assault resumed Saturday on a stubborn wildfire near Waialua, according to the U.S. Army.

The fire is mostly on Schofield Barracks Military Reservation property but is burning in  rugged hills and cliffs mauka of Waialua. Smoke from the fire continues to be a nuisance for residents downwind in Waialua and Mokuleia.

The Army said Saturday that the blaze had scorched 450 acres, up from 400 on Friday. The area is inaccessible to ground firefighting units. According to a news release from Schofield, the Army Wildland Fire Crew is directing water drops on the fire perimeter and hot spots by Army, Marine Corps and private choppers.

The Army says adjacent property owners including farmers have allowed the Army access to their properties in the firefighting effort.

The fire started Tuesday at a training range on Schofield due to a rekindling of a fire that started last week, according to the Army.

No structures are threatened and the Army says no endangered species have been impaced.


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