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Firefighters continue to battle Manoa brush fire

Courtesy: Josh Cole Courtesy: Josh Cole
Courtesy: Josh Cole Courtesy: Josh Cole
Courtesy: Josh Cole Courtesy: Josh Cole
Courtesy: Josh Cole Courtesy: Josh Cole
MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Firefighters are still battling a stubborn wildfire that sparked in Manoa Friday morning.

On Saturday afternoon, the fire continued to smolder on the lower slope of Waahila ridge. Right beneath the fire are homes.

"Just nervous because it was like on our hillside and actually when I was driving in you could really see it," said Manoa Hillside Estates resident Chris Yoshiyama.

Fire officials say the fire was 95-percent contained as of 3:00 p.m. Saturday. They say it was it was about 99-percent contained around 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, but it flared up about two hours after that.

"It got a little scary when you could see the flames…that's when you could really see the flames, when it got dark," Yoshiyama said.

On Saturday, five companies, 18 personnel and Air 1 were battling the blaze.

They say the fire has burned approximately 10 acres.

“Conditions today are definitely in our favor, light winds, we got a little bit of rain but not enough to extinguish a fire but got enough to keep it from spreading," said acting Battalion Chief Capt. Peer Blichfeldt.

Firefighters say there has been no damage to any of homes, and no evacuations have been ordered. However, Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) power poles are in the fire's path.

"At this time, haven't had any reports of any power outages or power lines damaged.  I know HECO was notified yesterday of the fire approaching their poles, but as far as I know there wasn't any damage,” said Capt. Blichfeldt.

Fire officials say one of their biggest challenges is the rough terrain and steep slopes. Blichfeldt says one of their crew members were injured fighting the fighting.  Residents say they are grateful for their efforts.

"Engines just kept coming and last night.  There was like four engines.  And they were so kind and we kept saying, 'Thank you.' And they're like, 'Oh no, Thank you, it's just what we do,'" Yoshiyama said.

Fire crews say they are trying to extinguish the fire before dark, if they can't, they will monitor it overnight.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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