Man arrested in connection with Haleiwa wildfire

Crews battle wildfire near Haleiwa, evacuations ordered
Photo Source: Eamonn Donlyn
Photo Source: Eamonn Donlyn

HALEIWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu fire crews were able to control a stubborn brush fire that burned ten acres in Haleiwa Friday.

Authorities say a resident started the fire while burning yard trash and clippings. 35-year-old Scott Mack was arrested and accused of failure to control widely dangerous means.

Fire officials say the cause was accidental and not intentional.

Authorities said the blaze was reported shortly after 3 p.m. near Kaika Place, mauka of Haleiwa Alii Beach Park.

More than 60 firefighters from the Honolulu Fire Department and the Federal Fire Department were assisted by the Honolulu department's Air One helicopter.

At one point, six to eight homes were evacuated, mainly due to the thick smoke that could be seen for miles.

"Coming down from Wahiawa, driving down the ill, we noticed a lot of smoke and then as we got closer to Haleiwa we could see that it was more toward the Haleiwa area and at the beach," said Wahiawa resident Glas Rivera.

Even though the fire came close to homes, there was no major structural damage reported. The blaze was finally declared under control at 7:30 p.m. and residents were allowed to return to their houses.

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