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Saratoga Avenue reopened after firefighters contain Kalaeloa brush fire


    A brush fire closed down Saratoga Avenue in Kalaeloa.

Honolulu firefighters reopened Saratoga Avenue after closing it in both directions between Boxer and Midway street to contain a brush fire in Kalaeloa on Monday afternoon, one of three around the island.

Eleven fire companies with 33 firefighters responded to the blaze near Boxer Road and Saratoga Avenue around 12:30 p.m., according to Honolulu Fire Department Capt. David Jenkins. HFD was also assisted by several federal firefighters. The fire was contained a few hours later.

Jenkins said nearby businesses self-evacuated and there were some reports of structural damage. The extent of the damage was unknown at this time, he said. No injuries were reported.

The brush fire burned about 100 acres and heavy winds were a major factor, Jenkins said. The cause is unknown at this time.

Firefighters were working to extinguish two other brush fires on Oahu.

In Waianae Valley, firefighters contained a brush fire at dawn Monday after it burned approximately 30 acres.

The brush fire started at about noon Sunday near Piliuka Place and Kawiwi Way. Twenty-seven firefighters responded and the fire department’s Air 1 helicopter was deployed to conduct water drops.

No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened.

In Waialua, firefighters responded to a small brush fire at the Peacock Flats hiking trail reported around 10:45 a.m. The fire was quickly contained, Jenkins said.

The cause was unknown.

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