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Hawaii Firefighters Battle Brush Fire After Army Drone Crash

Josh O'Connor
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

HONOLULU — Honolulu firefighters battled a brush fire after an Army drone crashed in the mountains near an Schofield Barracks yesterday afternoon.

 Fire Captain Scot Seguirant said Wednesday a Honolulu Fire Department helicopter was dropping water on the site in Central Oahu. 

The Army says a RQ-7 Shadow Tactical unmanned aircraft system operated by the 25th Infantry Division crashed at about 3:30 p.m.

Division spokesman Master Sgt. Andrew Porch says drone crashed in the Waianae mountains near Schofield Barracks, which is about an hour's drive north of Honolulu. No Army personnel or other individuals were injured during the accident.

Honolulu Fire Department says the fire was 90% contained by 7:24 p.m. A quarter acre burned is the total damage from the site. Honolulu Police Department and the Department of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) provided assistance to the water drops as well. 

Porch says efforts are underway to survey the site. DOFAW is now in control of the scene. 

Hawaii Public Radio contributed reporting to this story.

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