HFD crews contain large brush fire in Kunia

HFD crews contain large brush fire, portion of Kunia Road remains closed
Courtesy: Lito Bacalla
Courtesy: Lito Bacalla

KUNIA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Fire Department is still investigating a fire that burned more than 200 acres of brush land in Kunia Monday night.

Dozens of residents at the Royal Kunia subdivision voluntarily evacuated as firefighters battled the flames for several hours.

"I opened my window and the brush fire was right there. I was nervous and scared and I wanted to cry already," said Royal Kunia resident Jasmine Lara.

Added neighbor Cathy Wisniewski:

"It was 25 feet (tall) at least. It was really really high, I was praying."

The fire was first reported just after 6 p.m. near the Royal Kunia golf course and it was fueled by trade winds and dry conditions. 

The flames and smoke provided evening commuters on the H1 freeway with a menacing sunset over the Waianae Mountains.

A fire spokesperson said the fire is now 100 percent contained. A total of 33 companies and 76 firefighters helped put out the flames. Firefighters continued to monitor hot spots into Tuesday morning.   

No injuries were reported and none of the homes suffered any damage. But it was a close call.

"I'd say it was within 10 feet of one of our neighbors homes in the back and they were shooting water and kind of stuff like that," said Kunia resident Don Wisniewski.

Lara capture the the flames on video with her cell phone, just before she evacuated from her home on Kapukawai Street.

"I could feel it and I had to grab my mask because it (smoke) was going through the house already," she said.

"They said you need to get out of  there. I just took my bag, my purse and my kids and went out."

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