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Community rallies together day 4 of Nanakuli wildfire

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NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

It's day 4 of the stubborn Nanakuli wildfire with 2,000 acres now scorched.

Six helicopters and 40 emergency personnel continued to fight the blaze Sunday with water drops. Acting Battalion Chief Bill Steinke of the Honolulu Fire Department says the fire is about half a mile away from homes and moving down slope on the Waianae side of Nanakuli Valley. 90% of the blaze can only be reached from the air.

"The difficult part is there's a lot of inaccessible areas so we're relying on the helicopters to put those fires out," Steinke said.

The fire started Thursday night. Steinke says it's been a challenge containing it due to dry terrain and strong winds.

"Usually a fire like this doesn't happen until the summer but it's drier than normal for this time of year, so I think the brush fire season started a little bit early," said Steinke.

In the meantime, the community is rallying to support the hard working firefighters. Donated food and drinks were brought to the Nanakuli Fire Station Sunday.

"My heart is just out to the firemen," said organizer Alika Laronal. "They've been working since Thursday and I believe that anything would help."

Firefighters are grateful.

 "It's overwhelming, it's way more food than I would ever expect," said Steinke.

Firefighters are hoping for rain this week to help put out the fire.

No homes have been evacuated or damaged.

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