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Honolulu firefighters contain Waahila Ridge wildfire

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                                Smoke was visible from a brush fire above the University of Hawaii at Manoa on Thursday.

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    Smoke was visible from a brush fire above the University of Hawaii at Manoa on Thursday.

Honolulu firefighters this morning reported containing the fire that broke out Thursday along Manoa’s Waahila Ridge near the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus.

Honolulu Fire Department personnel returned to 2640 Dole St., Friday and early this morning to continue battling a wildland brush fire that broke out, threatening structures and residences and causing Hawaiian Electric to shut off power for a time to about 600 homes.

Five HFD units staffed with 23 personnel continued firefighting ground operations supplemented by aerial water drops from HFD’s Air 1 and a helicopter and 20 personnel from the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife, HFD Capt. Jeff Roache reported shortly before 5 p.m. Friday.

No injuries and no property loss had been reported, but power was still shut down to parts of the area and Hawaiian Electric was continuing to monitor the threat to electric lines and equipment in the area and would restore power “as soon as it is safe to do so.”

“Hopefully, this incident will draw to a close by day’s end,” Roache added.

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