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Oahu crews battle 2 brush fires

By Star-Advertiser staff

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Dry conditions and brisk winds helped a brush fire in Ewa Beach spread quickly today, and had dozens of firefighters battling flames for hours in an area with no access to fire hydrants.

Capt. Gary Lum, a spokesman for the Honolulu Fire Department, said the blaze near the intersection of Hoomaka Street and Iroquois Road was reported about 2:47 p.m.

More than 40 firefighters responded to the brush fire, which was under control by 5:38 p.m.

But well after sunset, firefighters were still on scene monitoring hot spots.

Lum said the blaze was “complicated” by drought conditions, uncontrolled vegetation, strong winds and difficult access to water.

Firefighters were especially concerned early on because flames were being pushed toward a residential community.

But Lum said homes were never in any immediate danger and no one was evacuated.

HFD could not immediately estimate how much acreage the fire burned.

Firefighters also battled a second blaze Saturday near White Plains Beach.

The fire was reported about 3:11 p.m., but firefighters were able to contain it quickly. There was no estimate on how much was burned.






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