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Remote brush fire above Nanakuli challenges fire crews

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:22 a.m. HST, Nov 04, 2013

Firefighters on Sunday were trying to put out a brush fire on a ridge near the end of Palehua Road in Nanakuli.

The Honolulu Fire Department had to pull its helicopter from the search near Makaleha Beach Park on the North Shore for an 18-year-old missing kayaker to attend to the fire. However, before the helicopter made it to the brush fire it was re-routed again to assist three female hikers in distress on the Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail, Capt. Carlton Yamada said. 

None of the women was reported to be injured.

Firefighters had a difficult time reaching the fire and asked staff from nearby Camp Timberline and Monsanto to help them gain access to the blaze, Yamada said. 

The fire was first reported around 12:54 p.m. Sunday and about an hour later responders were still struggling with how to put it out.

It is unknown at this time how big the fire is, but Yamada said it does not appear to be threatening any structures.

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jusjoking wrote:
geez, missing hiker not kayaker, fire off Palehua rd above nanakuli not kunai or makakilo. sad reporting.
on November 3,2013 | 04:33PM
HanabataDays wrote:
Hey! I ran Wiliwilinui Trail since ... yeah, you guessed it ... hanabata days. Back when there was a giant bundt-pan shaped depression up the jeep trail a ways, where people raced bikes and stockers. Back when you could still get to the big underground bunker beneath the coast artillery pillbox, which I doubt still can. Hard to imagine how the three women got in distress up there, unless maybe some big pua'a wuz chazing dem. Out of breath on the last half mile -- oh, yeah, different but.
on November 4,2013 | 02:35AM
SteveToo wrote:
Agree w/Hanabata. Hard to get stressed up there w/o an injury. Maybe they ran out of water or worse got their feet muddy and didn't want to mess up there car when they got out. LOL
on November 4,2013 | 07:37AM
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