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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, April 29, 2010

Truck fire blamed for blaze near Yokohama Bay

Advertiser Staff

A stolen truck that was set on fire caused the blaze that burned 15 acres in Kaena Point State Park on Monday, the Department of Land and Natural Resources said today.

Personnel from the Honolulu Fire Department, Federal Fire Department and the DLNR's Division of Forestry and Wildlife helped to control the wildfire near Yokohama Bay. Because the remote location of the fire and the dry brush in the area made it difficult for the crews to fight the blaze, a helicopter was called in to provide additional support.

"Although the cause of this fire appears to be arson, its rapid movement into nearby brush that could have damaged surrounding forest areas indicates that dry conditions are present," said Paul J. Conry, Division of Forestry and Wildlife administrator.

"Arson caused wildland fire is a crime that destroys our natural resources and can, if it escapes, threaten human life and property," Conry said. "We are asking the public to be alert promptly notify authorities of suspicious fire starts, and help prevent wildfires this summer."