Last Updated: Friday, January 23, 2015

Forest fire in Oahu burns 350 acres


Firefighters are battling a fire that has burned 350 acres of acres of rare native forest on Oahu.

"The Kipapa drainage fire above Mililani Mauka is 30 percent contained", Hawaii News Now has written quoting The state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

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The fire is burning ohia and koa forest on steep mountain ridges. The fire has burned part of the Oahu Forest National Wildlife Refuge. The forest provides habitat for  at least four species of endangered pupu kani oe (O'ahu tree snails), native birds and threatened and endangered plants.

Image via Hawaii New Now (Ryan Peralta, Division of Forestry and Wildlife)