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Two Oahu fires fueled by wind and dry conditions

Photo courtesy: Ashley Moser Photo courtesy: Ashley Moser
Photo courtesy: Ashley Moser Photo courtesy: Ashley Moser
Angie Perez Angie Perez
Jevin Guieb Jevin Guieb

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

BARBERS POINT (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Fire Department stayed busy dousing two wildfires on opposite ends of the island today.  One was near Hawaii Kai.  The other at Barbers Point.

The dry grass combined with the strong winds caused this fire out here in Barbers Point to spread quickly and to think it's only the start of June and conditions are ripe for fire.

Burned brush, charred trees and grass so tall firefighters seemed to blend in. That was what the five acres looked like that burned in Barbers Point.  Witnesses say the fire began next to the parking lot for the Nimitz Cove Beach and next to the Coast Guard Air Station.

"At first we just saw the smoke, and after a while we started to see the flames," said Angie Perez, witness.

Perez noticed one car in the area at the time.  As soon as the wind caught the flames it spread quickly.

"We were concerned and ready to leave if the fire department asked us to because it's not even 100 feet away.  Any little shift in the wind everything is so dry out here, it just picks up," said Perez.

Over near the Makapuu Lighthouse an early morning hike turned into much more.

"We were at Koko Crater and we hiked early in the morning to see the sunrise and right when we got up we were looking at the sunrise and then we saw fire coming out and were like what's going on?" said Jevin Guieb, witness.

This one was out by 8 a.m.  It started from an abandoned campfire.

"We were a little nervous like oh what's going to happen? We can smell the smoke from here, it's bigger, it's spreading and all this kind of stuff," said Guieb.

Both fires are a reminder that conditions are dry and will only get drier as the summer goes on.  The fire department urges people to be cautious with machinery around brush, don't flick your cigarettes and call 911 right away if you see smoke.

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