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Waianae, Lualualei brush fires mostly contained

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 9:44 p.m. HST, Jun 6, 2012

About 100 firefighters contained most of a stubborn blaze Wednesday that scorched at least 1,200 acres in Waianae and Lualualei valleys during three days.

Honolulu fire Capt. Terry Seelig said firefighters worked until dark Wednesday and did not plan to return today unless the fire flares up again.

However, on state land, where the city department has no jurisdiction, the fire is still burning.

Seelig said the state Division of Forestry and Wildlife reported the fire was only about 30 percent contained in the Waianae Kai Forest Reserve. The fire burned about 400 acres in the reserve, a state official said. 

Seelig said state crews planned to return to the reserve today.

So far, the only damage reported was to a hale used as a classroom at Kaala Farms Cultural Learning Center on Waianae Valley Road and some orchid hothouses on Haleahi Road, Seelig said. Damage estimates were not available.

No one has been injured since the fire began at Lualualei Naval Magazine at 1:05 p.m. Monday and spread into the adjacent valleys.

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