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Helicopter Used to Battle Remote Brush Fire on Wailau Trail, Molokaʻi

February 11, 2016, 6:04 AM HST
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Photo by Wendy Osher.

Photo by Wendy Osher.

Maui firefighters battled a brush fire reported in the forest area of the Wailau Trail on Molokaʻi Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 10, 2016.

Crews received a report at around 2:52 p.m. of smoke seen in the mountains above the Pūkoʻo Fire Station.

Fire officials say the department’s Air-1 helicopter was used to fight the fire, which was located in an area of steep terrain and heavy brush, and accessible only by a one-and-a-half hour hike.

According to department reports, crews found a 200 by 100 foot fire burning in trees and heavy brush on the west side of the Wailau Trail.

When Air-1 left the scene at 6:10 p.m., there were no visible signs of smoke; however, firefighters were reluctant to call the fire extinguished. Crews planned to reassess the need to call back the helicopter today.

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Fire officials say it is unknown what may have caused the fire.

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