School overwhelmed by smoke from Wahiawa brushfire

A brushfire in Wahiawa impacted a nearby school.

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Students at a Wahiawa school were told to stay in their classrooms while a fire burned near campus.

The blaze was called in around noon at an army training range, behind Iliahi Elementary.

City, Army and Federal fire fighters were all called in to help.

But the blaze was in an area that was hard to reach, so helicopters flew in to douse the flames from above.

The school went into emergency procedure mode when the campus became overwhelmed with smoke.

“Before we knew it our campus was covered with smoke and at that point the decision was made to go into shelter in place,” said Iliahi Elementary School Principal Dale Tanouye.

Crews fought the blaze for several hours and turned over control to federal firefighters to contain the blaze.

What sparked the fire is under investigation.


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