A wildfire in Hawaii’s Central Oahu has grown to cover more than a square mile (2.5 square kilometers) in a remote mountainous area and has burned native koa and ohia trees, officials said Tuesday. No structures or homes were threatened and no evacuations were ordered. Multiple helicopters from the Honolulu Fire Department, the U.S. Army and the state dropped buckets of water on the blaze from the air for a second straight day.
The fire was moving east on a ridge and was 30% contained by mid-afternoon Tuesday, the Honolulu Fire Department said in a news release. The fire burned through heavy timber and native vegetation, the state said. Hawaii’s tropical forests evolved without experiencing frequent fires and flames aren’t a part of their natural life cycle. Invasive plants often grow on burned lands, which increases the risk of future wildfires, according to a 2013 state action plan for koa forests.
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