Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), Hilo, Hawaii— Department of the Army firefighters and partner first responders are currently fighting a wildfire burning on Pohakuloa range complex and training area, here.
The fire began at approximately 7 a.m. today, near training area 22 (West of the impact area). The team of first responders includes:
- 8 federal firefighters from PTA
- 23 National Park fire fighters with several brush trucks
- Hawaii County off-road tanker with several firefighters
- UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade
An estimated 600 acres have burned thus far. Fire fighters are conducting back-burn operations to control the spread of the fire.
“The quick reaction and commitment by the first responders here, and across Hawaii Island reflects the teamwork and partnership we have when wildland fires occur,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Cronin, Commander U.S. Army Garrison Pohakuloa. “Mahalo to the team of team’s from the National Park team and Hawaii County,” Cronin said.
Residents and motorists near Daniel K. Inouye Highway may see smoke in the sky, but there is no threat to nearby roadways, facilities or people at this time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.