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Posted: Friday, September 20th, 2013 1:31 PM HST

Strong winds push controlled burn out of control

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) A brush fire that started out as a controlled burn was spread by winds and required a response by dozens of firefighters.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the fire Thursday covered more than 200 acres, closed Kamehameha Highway and spread to within a mile of homes at Helemano Military Reservation.

Army Garrison Hawaii spokeswoman Kayla Overton says by email that the fire started as a test coordinated by Colorado State University under contract to the Army and the landowner.

She says burns were planned on four test plots measuring 164-by-246 feet to see how the fire behaved in Guinea grass.

Army wild land fire crews, the Honolulu Fire Department and at least five Federal Fire Department crews responded to the fire. Two helicopters made water drops.

The Army is investigating.

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