Firefighters Making Progress in Makakilo Brush Fire Battle

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From the Source: 

"Honolulu firefighters are making progress in fighting a brush fire that has charred more than 1,000 acres on the windward side of the Waianae mountains.

Capt. David Jenkins, a Fire Department spokesman, said an aerial assessment was to be conducted Monday morning and firefighters and Department of Land and Natural Resources personnel are concentrating firefighting efforts on the upper slope of the Waianae mountains, to keep it from reaching a nature preserve.

Winds in the area have died down, helping firefighters begin to contain the blaze in the upper slopes, Jenkins said.

The massive brush fire is threatening 90 rare and endangered plant and animal species in the Honouliuli Forest Reserve, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. The endangered Oahu elepaio bird and endangered "singing" kahuli tree snail also live there."

  Above: "Honolulu firefighters battled a brush fire Friday above Umena Street in Makakilo."Credit - Krystle Marcellus/Star Advertiser

Above: "Honolulu firefighters battled a brush fire Friday above Umena Street in Makakilo."Credit - Krystle Marcellus/Star Advertiser