Military fire burns out of control in Wahiawa

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Changing weather conditions are being blamed for a fire that quickly got out of hand Thursday in Wahiawa.

The military started the fire, hoping to learn more about how a certain type of grass burns. But things didn’t go as planned.

The blaze spread toward Kamehameha Highway and has burned 200 acres.

The fire started at about noon when the military was doing a controlled burn that got out of hand when the winds picked up. The fire quickly spread and ran from the Helemano Military Reservation towards Haleiwa, leaving a trail of destruction.

“About intense, heavy winds, and ash, and a danger to firefighters and drivers,” Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Terry Seelig said.

HFD has teamed up with federal firefighters to tackle the brush fire. They are working to get it contained and under control.

No homes or structures were threatened.

Kamehameha Highway was closed in both directions between Paalaa Uka Pupukea Road and Joseph Leong Highway. The highway has since reopened.

The incident is under investigation.

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