18 Aug 2005

Bush fire strains resources in Honolulu

2:01 pm on 18 August 2005

A bush fire in Hawaii, that's been burning for three days on the main island of Oahu, is straining firefighting resources.

The fire has destroyed just over 12 hundred hectares of land including parts of a forest reserve.

It has forced residents from their homes, closed roads, and threatened communication towers and military installations.

A federal grant has already been given to allow local authorities recoup most of the costs they have faced in fighting the fire.

The Honolulu Star reports the fire is thought to have started with a fault on a power pylon.