September 3, 2010 – Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii
Video by Tim Bryan
The wildfire that forced the closure of Saddle Road on Aug 22 remains 80% contained, according to the U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii Public Affairs Office.
The wildfire, which burned sections the Pohakuloa Training Area, Mauna Kea forest reserve, and the Mauna Kea State Recreation Area, consumed approximately 1,387 acres. The Army says the fire operation is now in the “mop up” phase of monitoring for hot spots and underground smoldering. Mop up operations is anticipated to continue for the next several days.
In the video interview below, filmed on Tuesday, Department of Land and Natural Resources forester Steve Bergfeld gives a progress report. The video was gathered on the same day that the U.S. Army presented the results of a recent depleted uranium risk assessment for the PTA impact area. indicate no likely adverse impacts to current and potential future persons working on or living near PTA due to DU present at PTA. The location of the fire is approximately 2.5 miles from the PTA impact area where Depleted Uranium was found in 2006. The U.S. army says that subsequent investigations, conducted in coordination with State of Hawaii Department of Health and other expert partners, indicate that DU is not present outside of this impact area at PTA.
The fire began in the vicinity of the Mauna Kea State Recreation Area, east of the main gate of PTA. The Army says no training activity was taking place on the eastside of Saddle Road at that time.
The army also thanked the numerous agencies that provided support during the wildfire in a Friday media release.
Kudos to the Marine helicopter and crews from MAG 24 Marine Corps Base Hawaii, C/ 1-207 AV Hawaii Army Guard Hilo, Evergreen Helicopters, Kiewit Construction (who donated a bulldozer and crew free), Department of Fish and Wildlife (DOFAW) fire crews from Hawaii Island, Kauai and Maui, State Parks Service, and National Park Service from Hawaii Volcano and Yosemite Park’s. Other agencies included Hawaii County Civil Defense, Hawaii Police Department, Hawaii Department of Transportation and Hawaii County Department of Public Works. Not to mention the Soldiers from 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (3IBCT) 25th Infantry Division who supplied meals, water hauling and Military Police support.
|DLNR gives Mauna Kea wildfire update
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Steve Bergfeld, Department of Land and Natural Resources forester, gives a progress report on the massive wildfire that started August 22nd and is now in “mop up” phase