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Army Issues Final Makua Fire Update

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii -Efforts to contain the wildland fire at Makua Military Reservation (MMR) have made significant progress in the last 24 hours, which will serve as the last update, pending any further developments.

The wildfire has burned nearly 180 acres, and the blaze is more than 80% contained. U.S. Army firefighters remain on site, using aerial assets to douse the remaining flames and hotspots.

“While this fire is not over yet, and we will continue to monitor it overnight, I want to thank all the first responders on the ground, in the air, and behind the scenes who have tirelessly come together to manage it to this point,” said Col. Steve McGunegle, U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii Commander.

Fire teams will remain on the ground until the containment is 100% and the threat is eliminated. The army has aerial units on standby should there be a flare-up.

As previously mentioned, there were no units training at MMR at the time of the fire starting, and the investigation continues to determine the probable cause of the fire.

“I’d like to thank the community for their support and understanding during this event,” McGunegle said.

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