The Army is continuing firefighting efforts Friday with support from the Marines, Honolulu Fire Department and Federal Fire Department.
Army Wildland Fire crews began directing water bucket drops starting at 7:30 a.m. Friday to suppress an ongoing brush fire at a training range on Schofield Barracks.
The burn area is located on Army property and Dole property in an area inaccessible to firefighters on the ground due to safety and complex terrain.
Army firefighters have been aggressively focusing their efforts on the northern side of the burn area, where there was a flare up around 5:30 a.m., and have made a good headway. They are also continuing to direct water bucket drops around the fire perimeter to stop the fire from spreading.
Army, Marine and Honolulu Fire Department assets assisting in the aerial effort include two UH-60 Blackhawks, one CH-47 Chinook, two Army-contracted helicopters, two Marine CH-53 Sea Stallions and HFD's Air One.
Army natural resource personnel are monitoring the fire to protect threatened and endangered species. At this time, no threatened and endangered species have been impacted.
Adjacent property owners, including several area farmers, have allowed the Army access to their properties to support firefighting efforts. Dole is allowing the Army to use a dip pond as well.
The brush fire started Tuesday at a training range on Schofield Barracks due to the rekindling of a fire from last week. Approximately 400 acres have burned so far. However, there is no threat to nearby facilities.
No prescribed burns were taking place Tuesday or last week.
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