UPDATED 2:17 PM PT – Tuesday, August 3, 2021
The U.S. Army helped fight a raging wildfire on the Big Island of Hawaii. According to Tuesday reports, the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade joined efforts to battle the Waimea brush fire that scorched more than 40,000 acres of grassland and destroyed at least two homes.
Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Rother said military aircraft and personnel have contributed greatly to the multi-agency task force.
“It’s not just been the fire department. We’ve had our National Guard. We’ve had Army,” he stated. “…We’ve had so many different group who have been helping.”
A big Mahalo to the Hawaiʻi Fire Department, military, multiple county and state agencies, as well as volunteer firefighters who’ve been working all weekend to control a brush fire that broke out in the Hamakua District on the Big Island.
— Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) August 2, 2021
The joint firefighting effort has allowed firefighters to gain a foothold on the blaze and Hawaii County officials have lifted mandatory evacuation orders.