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Brush fire forces evacuation of several Kalama Valley homes

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:59 p.m. HST, Jul 19, 2011

A brush fire forced the evacuation of several homes in Kalama Valley on Monday, as strong winds gave firefighters difficulty confining the blaze near the Hawaii Kai Golf Course.

The brush fire burned about five to seven acres near Mokuhano Street and Waikapu Loop before being contained a little more than an hour after firefighters received the call at 2:28 p.m.

Fire spokesman Terry Seelig said four or five homes along Waikapu Loop were evacuated briefly.

Some 45 firefighters including a helicopter was used to contain the blaze.

Seelig said neighbors saw young kids on bikes near the blaze but were unsure if they were responsible for it.

He said fire officials were unable to find the origin of the blaze.

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