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Media Re lea se

25th Infantry Division (Light) & U.S. Army, Hawaii

Public Affairs Office
Mr. Kendrick Washington or Ms. Stefanie Gardin
(808) 655-4815 or 655-8729

Release number: 2005-08-09

August 16, 2005

**** Media Release ****

For immediate release

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – Army helicopters continued providing support today

to the fire suppression efforts at Nanakuli.

Three UH-60 Blackhawks and one CH-47 Chinook, from the 25th Infantry Division (Light)
and U.S. Army, Hawaii, provided water bucket support to help control the blaze.

"We are committed not only to our partnership with island fire departments, but also to
providing for the safety of our neighbors on the Waianae Coast," said Army Col. Howard
J. Killian, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii.

On Monday, three of the Army’s UH-60 Blackhawks flew a cumulative 24.7 hours and
dropped 92 buckets of water, and one CH-47 Chinook flew 7.5 hours and dropped 132
buckets of water, supporting fire suppression efforts. Each UH-60 water bucket holds
660 gallons of water, and each CH-47 water bucket holds 2,000 gallons of water.

A crew from the Army’s Wildland Fire Management office assisted in the fire effort,
contacting residents in the area and providing advice and support to area homeowners.

Schofield officials, in conjunction Navy officials, also opened Kolekole Pass as a detour
route for the public from 11:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

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