Wahiawa brush fire 90% contained along ridge

The flare-up along Kaukonahua ridge on Mar. 25, 2014 (Photo: DLNR)
The flare-up along Kaukonahua ridge on Mar. 25, 2014 (Photo: DLNR)

Crews with the state Division of Forestry and Wildlife are mopping up a 30-acre brushfire on Kaukonahua ridge in Wahiawa.

The Dept. of Land and Natural Resources says morning rain helped crews get the fire to 90-percent containment.

State personnel remain on scene, monitoring the perimeter and assessing damage along the steep terrain.

The fire first sparked on state property last week, two-and-a-half miles past the end of the road at Helemano Military Reservation. Crews had it fully contained at one acre until strong winds caused a flare-up Monday. Contract helicopters performing water drops and federal firefighters were brought in to assist Tuesday.

Officials say the fire is burning in deep leaf litter from eucalyptus and uluhe, a type of fern, which can allow it to smolder for days.

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