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Molokai brush fire comes close to house near airport

Firefighters this morning battled a 10-acre brush fire near the Molokai Airport that came close to one house.

The firefighters arrived at the scene at 8:31 a.m. and found a half acre burning about a quarter of a mile south of the airport, a Maui Fire Department spokesman said in a news release.

The fire got as close as 50 yards from one home, but no damages or injuries were reported.

About 10 acres of brush burned when the fire was brought under control at 10 a.m.

The fire was extinguished at 1:52 p.m.

Sixteen firefighters from three stations, a county Department of Public Works water tanker and the fire department’s Air 1 helicopter were involved in fighting the blaze.

The blaze appeared to have started in some brush a quarter mile south of the airport off Maunaloa Highway.

The cause has not yet been determined.

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