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Crews contain brush fires in Ewa Beach, Kalaeloa

EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Two wildfires that scorched West Oahu on Saturday afternoon have been fully contained, according to the Honolulu Fire Department.

On Saturday, gusty winds pushed flames toward an Ewa Beach subdivision. Authorities said the wildfire sparked at about 2:45 p.m. near the intersection of Hoomaka Street and Iroquois Road. Federal firefighters helped HFD teams tackle the blaze. The fire scorched roughly 100 acres. According to authorities, crews had a tough time since there were no fire hydrants in the area.

"It's happened before, but it's never been this big. It's been small ones here and there, and they put it out pretty much right away. It's just today, it's kind of big and really spread out," said resident Pauline Todd.

"I kind of treat it like a tsunami, I still have a backpack just in case, but it hasn't come that close yet," said resident Jennifer Lum.

A second fire near White Plains Beach and Coral Sea Road started about 15 minutes later. Fire officials said the dry conditions and uncontrolled vegetation helped fuel both blazes.

"We've had a drought for sometime this year, especially, the month of October has been unusually dry and there's a lot of vegetation out there," said HFD Capt. Gary Lum.

Fire department officials returned a spot near Iroquois Road on Sunday and extinguished a hot-spot that flared up late in the morning.

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