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Wildfire Threat Reduced on Oahu

Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge - 2004

The Kalaeloa Unit of Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge began work on reducing the severe fire hazard created by extreme accumulations of thick vegetation, made worse by drought in recent years. The vegetation grew on top of ancient coral reef that is now above sea level.

Local contractors were employed to use machines to mow down mesquite trees, brush, buffalo grass and pluchea shrubs. Ridding the refuge of this flammable vegetation will help prevent wildfire threats to two nearby residential communities as well as the adjacent Honolulu airport.

The potential for a catastrophic wildfire was reduced when Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge was treated with prescribed fire. (USFWS)

The potential for a catastrophic wildfire was reduced when Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge was treated with prescribed fire. (USFWS)

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