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Waikele wildfire flares up again

Charred area in Mililani Charred area in Mililani
MILILANI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -


[Update 9/8/14 at 5 a.m.]

A wildfire that started Friday in the Waikele area has flared up again Monday morning. Approximately 35 firefighters are on scene. The Honolulu Fire Department said it believes the flames erupted when two landscapers were re-fueling their weed wackers. Approximately 20 acres have been scorched so far. 

[Update 9/7/14]

Additional fire crews were called out Sunday afternoon due to a wildfire flare-up in Makakilo.

The flames aren't threatening any homes at this time.

The blaze was started more than two weeks ago by two brothers playing with a lighter.

Also, a wildfire that damaged crops in the Mililani Agricultural Park re-kindled again Sunday.

On Friday, flames scorched 20 acres and damaged some banana plants.

[Update 9/6/14]

The wildfire that started in Makakilo more than two weeks ago was 90 percent contained, as of Saturday.

HFD crews are working with personnel from the Department of Land and Natural Resources. 

Meanwhile, investigators aren't certain what caused two other blazes on Friday.

A wildfire that started in Waikele and spread to Mililani scorched 20 acres and damaged some crops. 

The fire rekindled Saturday afternoon at the Mililani farm lot at Meheula Parkway and Lanikuhana Ave. Two HFD fire units responded around 2:30 p.m. and had things under control in about an hour. Officials said they will continue to monitor the situation.

A third wildfire on Monsanto property in Kunia charred less than two acres of brush. 

[Original story]

Crews from across Oahu battled three different wildfires on Friday. One of them damaged crops on agricultural land in Mililani.

Firefighters tackled a wildfire in Kunia that charred about two acres of brush on land leased by Monsanto. No crops were affected.

While firefighters were out there, another blaze started. The flames began above the bunkers in Waikele and quickly spread into a nearby gulch, scorching about 20 acres.

Roughly 45 firefighters attacked the flames. They had to deal with high winds, limited water, and difficulty reaching the fire.

"We initially had the head of the fire, but we lost it and we couldn't find how to get back to the head of the fire, so it jumped another 50 yards before we finally found the head and got access," explained Battalion Chief Paul Stankiewicz of the Honolulu Fire Department.

The Mililani Agricultural Park notified about a dozen farmers who lease land along the gulch. The flames ended up burning parts of two banana patches. One farmer said he lost fruits worth about $10,000 on one acre.

Firefighters also spent the day dealing with the stubborn wildfire in Makakilo that has been burning for two weeks.

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