Crews battle to keep Makakilo blaze from entering forest reserve

Crews battle to keep Makakilo blaze from entering forest reserve

By: Taylor Preza

As the Makakilo brush fire still burns, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) wildfire fighting crews continue to work to contain the growing wildfire that started on private land above the Makakilo subdivision.

Officials say the blaze could threaten a state forest reserve that is home to multiple native and endangered plant species and the home of the Oahu Elepaio.

Since Monday, September 1, Oahu DOFAW teams and between one to three contract hire helicopters doing water drops, have continued throughout the week to battle the persistent fire.

The crews' objective is to get ahead of the moving front of the fire to the lower and eastern sides and contain it within forest roads. Officials say crews will have to face challenges such as high temperatures, steep terrain and strong trades which could cause the fire to jump burned areas into unburned ones The steep country and the possibility of smoldering trees falling across the line are some of the rigorous issues crews will also have to face.

The Honolulu Fire Department will continue to be on scene monitoring and providing fire watch. As of Saturday, September 6, the fire is estimated to be 90% contained.

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