KAPOLEI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Residents of the Fairways development in Ko Olina are breathing a sigh of relief after firefighters knocked down a fast-moving wildfire in their area Saturday night. The blaze scorched about 200 acres of dense brush and caused quite a scare when it started moving towards the Fairways homes.
Crews rushed back to the scene Sunday afternoon for a flare-up. Two HFD helicopters joined the fire fight, dropping water from a nearby lagoon onto the flames.
The brush fire first broke out at about 9:45 PM Saturday. The land that burned is located south of Farrington Highway, and is bordered by Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Campbell Industrial Park, and the new shopping complex in Kapolei that includes Target.
Crews from more than a dozen fire companies battled to keep the fast-moving flames away from structures. Officials say the fire came within 100 yards of the Fairways homes on Aliinui Drive.
"We noticed just a small, you know, flame and the small flame became quite a large flame," Marvin Musgrove, witness, said. "Then the next thing we noticed, it was looking pretty dangerous."
"It was just huge," Anita Roberts, witness, said. "The fire trucks started coming and they started lining up. They drove a big tanker truck down here and they started dousing the woods."
"The firemen were able to get it under control fairly quickly," Troy Gros, witness, said. "But everything is so dry and it was windy, so I think that was a big challenge for them."
Firefighters left the scene at about 5 AM Sunday, returned later in the morning to chop down burning kiawe trees and put out other hot spots, and then responded in the afternoon for the flare-up.
There was no property damage reported. The cause of the fire is unknown.