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Makaha brush fire 90% contained after flaring up again

By Sarah Zoellick

LAST UPDATED: 8:23 p.m. HST, Jul 2, 2012

The Makaha Valley wildfire continued to burn today as strong winds shifted and pushed it within 100 yards of homes for the first time, Honolulu Fire Department officials said.

No injuries or property damage have yet been reported, and no evacuations were needed today despite the fire's proximity to homes along Alahele Street, the department said.

The fire was 90 percent contained and had burned roughly 500 acres of heavy brush and grass, according to the department. Efforts to extinguish the flames completely will continue Tuesday as necessary.

The blaze began around 11 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Kaulawaha and Maiuu roads in the front of Makaha Valley and traveled along Kamaileunu Ridge, near homes along Maiuu Road, then toward the Makaha Valley Country Club.

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