Army plans to burn 1,200 acres on Oahu to prevent wildfires

Army plans to burn 1,200 acres on Oahu to prevent wildfires

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS (HawaiiNewsNow) - Don't be alarmed if you see what looks like a large brushfire near Schofield Barracks.

Army officials are planning to burn a portion of the training range complex for a full week starting on Monday, May 16.

The Army's Wildland Fire Division conducts a prescribed burn in the area every year to prevent larger, out-of-control wildfires from occurring.

"Our goal is to safely conduct the prescribed burn before the brushfire season gets into full swing," said Dan Brush, deputy director of Emergency Services, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.

"We'll be removing highly flammable guinea grass and other vegetation that - if left unchecked - could fuel large brushfires that are difficult and expensive to contain, and endanger local communities and natural resources."

This year's prescribed burn will be about 1,200 acres over the course of the week.

Army staff say they will closely monitor conditions to try to minimize impacts to neighboring areas. Last year, Leeward Oahu residents raised issue with the amount of smoke and ash falling on their communities during the burn.

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