Brush fire forces temporary closure of Kalanianaole Highway near Hawaii Kai Golf Course

Capt. Rick Karasaki of the Honolulu Fire Department
Capt. Rick Karasaki of the Honolulu Fire Department

HAWAII KAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than 50 acres were scorched Sunday after a jeep sparked a brush fire in Hawaii Kai.

Investigators still don't know exactly how the flames started since they can't find the vehicle's owner.

Nearly two dozen firefighters rushed to the area near the Hawaii Kai Golf Course around 11:30 Sunday morning.

Authorities closed Kalanianaole Highway in both directions near Sandy Beach, and then later contra flowed traffic.

The road has since been reopened.

It took firefighters about an hour to bring the flames under control.

At one point, the fire was 30 to 50 yards away from the golf course.

"The fire came pretty close to the golf course. It never encroached into the golf course area, but it came close so we had to block off the roads and close down the roads both for pedestrian, driver, and firefighter safety", said Capt. Rick Karasaki of the Honolulu Fire Department.

Gusty trades made it difficult for firefighters.

Hawaii was under a red flag warning because of the fire threat due to strong winds and low humidity.