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Two Wildfires Keeps Oahu Crews Busy

Anxious Maili residents watched closely as a brushfire scorched the hillside near their homes off of Ohe Ohe street on Sunday afternoon.

Nissa Hanagan opened her front door to find the flames closer than she expected.

"I come outside. Right across the street. Raging flames all across the whole mountain." she explained.

Firefighters say the fire started near one home and was dangerously close to it when they arrived. Acting Battalion Chief William Steinke of the Honolulu Fire Department said the fire never reached the home. "The wind took the fire in another direction and that's when the fire got moving."

The fire moved up the hillside. Atop the ridge, local resident Lopaka Naehu was hiking with his brothers when they noticed the flames. "Started right at the bottom, like small. Just a line of fire, then it grew right into a big fireball." Naehu said.

They made it off the hill safely before 250 acres of the hillside were consumed by the fire.

The Honolulu Fire Department contained the blaze once it reached the ridgeline.

The crews remained on scene to make sure the fire didn't spread.

Earlier, firefighters also tackled a blaze near the Hawaii Country Club.

Emergency crews responded just before noon and brought the wildfire under control in a couple of hours.

The flames charred roughly five acres. The cause for both fires are still under investigation.

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