Large brush fire still smoldering on Schofield Barracks

Military, HFD responding to large brush fire at Schofield Barracks
Image source: Kahanu Fung
Image source: Kahanu Fung
Image source: Christina Rainwater
Image source: Christina Rainwater

WAIALUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Army Wildland fire crews, the Honolulu Fire Department and crews from the marines battled a brush fire at a training range on Schofield Barracks Wednesday.

The fire started Tuesday due to the rekindling of a fire in the same area that began October 15,. The original blaze was 100 percent contained Sunday evening with no visible smoke or hot spots, the military said.

The fire is located on military property in an area inaccessible to fire fighters on the ground due to complex terrain. Six helicopters responded to the fire with water bucket drops. The Army is also utilizing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to help identify hotspots.

An estimated 250 acres have burned so far, but there is no threat to nearby facilities or people, according to the military. At this time, no endangered or protected species have been damaged.

Hawaii News Now received several photos from viewers Wednesday who say smoke from the fire is overwhelming.

"My four-month-old has to sleep with this smoke covering our neighborhood. Something needs to be done with this as it poses a public health issue," wrote one viewer.

"How much longer are they going to let this thing burn?  It's smothering Waialua," another said.

The military said, "Those in and around Schofield Barracks may see smoke in the sky; however there is no immediate threat to nearby facilities, people or housing areas at this time."

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