KAHE POINT (HawaiiNewsNow) – A brush fire burning near the Kahe Power Plant caused major traffic headaches for commuters Wednesday afternoon. Police closed the right lane of Farrington Highway westbound at Piliokahi Avenue for several hours as firefighters moved in equipment to fight the fire. Traffic was backed up all the way into Kapolei.
"The fire was in some gulches right before Nanakuli Valley and climbed up the ridgeline and over to the Kahe side. We're using the Mauka lane of Farrington Highway to pump water to hose lines that are up in the mountains. That's the only location we can use to be able to get water quickly to this fire preventing it from spreading and becoming a much bigger therefore a much longer firefight," HFD Captain Terry Seelig said.
The fire, which was first reported around 12:30 PM Wednesday, was burning along the ridgeline that separates Kahe Valley from Nanakuli Valley. The fire department's Air One helicopter was making water drops all afternoon as hot spots flared up in difficult to reach areas.