Cause unclear as firefighters continue to battle Schofield brush fire
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
HONOLULU, Hawaii — Army officials are still trying to determine the cause of a brush fire that destroyed more than 400 acres on military property on the North Shore since it began 10 days ago in a remote impact area on the Wahiawa post.
Four helicopters — two Army UH-60 Blackhawks, one Marine CH-53 Sea Stallion, and one civilian —were airborne with water buckets when a hotspot flared up early this morning, the Army reported.
The burn area is located on Army property and a portion of Dole property in an area inaccessible to firefighters on the ground due to safety concerns and complex terrain.
Army fire crews were focusing their efforts on the perimeter to keep the fire from spreading.
So far, no threatened and endangered species have been affected, the Army said.
The fire started Tuesday at a training range on Schofield Barracks due to the rekindling of an Oct. 15 fire in the same area, which was 100 percent contained Sunday.
No prescribed burns were taking place Tuesday or last week.