Firefighters continue to battle a brush fire that has been burning in the hills of Makakilo for 12 days. They are currently working to protect a line of communication towers, including telephone, cellular, radio, TV, cable Federal Aviation Administration and Navy communication lines. The fire flared up over the holiday weekend and Tuesday ten fire companies were working the flames, with help from the Department of Land and Natural Resources' Division of Forestry and Wildlife. Currently, firefighters are trying to re-establish a road used as a fire break to allow smaller trucks and forestry officials through to hold a line protecting the towers. They also pretreated foliage and an area around a private cabin on Palehua Road which was being used as a command center, with a Class A foam which will absorb heat and help extinguishment. An estimated 1,025 acres of brush has been charred so far.
Posted Wednesday, September 3rd 2014 @ 5pm