Honolulu Fire Department’s ongoing battle with a Makakilo Forest Fire reaches 17 days

Posted on September 8, 2014

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Article by Tina Quizon
September 7, 2014

Honolulu Fire Department’s ongoing battle to extinguish a difficult Makakilo fire has now reached a critical 17 days. This morning Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) had 7 battalions of fire crews on the scene in a hard to reach Makakilo forest area. And despite the valiant effort by the Honolulu Fire Department the race to contain the fire has been elusive and challenging.

With no direct fire hydrants or infrastructure in the upper slopes, and with critical FAA and Navy Telecommunication

17 days and counting the Makakilo Forest Fire eludes Honolulu Fire Department, no help, stewardship or action from the DOD and Militray Fire Fighters, photo from the Ewa Plain taken on Sept, 7, 2014 by Tina Quizon

17 days and counting the Makakilo Forest Fire eludes Honolulu Fire Department, no help, stewardship or action from the DOD and Military Fire Fighters, photo from the Ewa Plain taken on Sept, 7, 2014 by Tina Quizon

towers in the close proximity, the HFD attempts to shield the Honouliuli Forest Reserve, FAA and Navy Telecommunication towers continues to mount, as the Fire burns in the upper Makakilo Forest Area.

We asked HFD again this morning if there has been any contact for support to battle the fire by Department of Defense (DOD), thus far the DOD has not participated. And many others in the community are questioning the absence of the Department of Defense (DOD), the DOD”s lack of help, stewardship and no action from the DOD to assist in the Makakilo fire fight. Why isn’t the DOD deploying the Military’s fire brigade and Helicopter crews to battle the Makakilo fire. Were is the Department of Defense (DOD) mission to serve and protect?

The State DLNR has joined in the fire fight but the state resources are also limited, and the importance of protecting Hawaii’s endangered species, the watershed and the forest from more lose and damage, and the unknown impacts of losing our Native plants, species habitat, and the watershed can have long term effects for everyone. I believe we don’t have to wait for the effects of climate change, the issues and problems are right here before us now.

Watch our footage filmed the our TV Show – Pathways to Paradise: Makakilo Forest Fire and the Bambi Bucket snagged by HFD onto the HECO electrical wires and the fire over the past 2 weeks that burn our forest and endangered many species of rare Hawaiian plants, animals and birds, at link provided by Olelo here :
http://olelo.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=24&clip_id=43171

We will keep you posted as we get updates from the HFD. Update Sept 7, 2014 at 5 PM, by HFD – 8 Fire units continued to fight the Makakilo Forest Fire it is now approximately 95% contained on the perimeter.

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