Six helicopters and a drone worked tirelessly yesterday in an attempt to extinguish a large wildfire on an army base on the north shore of Oahu.
The fire began Tuesday on Schofield Barracks land and as of last night had already burned over 250 acres. Due to rugged terrain, the flames are inaccessible to firefighters on the ground, and so the military and the Honolulu Fire Department used helicopters to drop water onto the fire.
Though the military says no animals or people are threatened by the fire, nearby residents in Waialua complained of smoke “smothering” their homes. A resident told Hawaii News Now, "My four-month-old has to sleep with this smoke covering our neighborhood. Something needs to be done with this as it poses a public health issue.”
In the meantime, the scene on the north shore adds drama to an already powerful landscape. Photographer Anthony Tortoriello captured these images of the blaze and response.
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