Wahiawa brush fire scorches 75 acres of land

Wahiawa brush fire scorches 75 acres of land
Honolulu firefighters are responding to a large brush fire in Wahiawa. (Image: Savaughn Johnson)
Honolulu firefighters are responding to a large brush fire in Wahiawa. (Image: Savaughn Johnson)

WAHIAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu firefighters are investigating the cause of a Wahiawa brush fire that charred 75 acres of land on Whitmore Avenue Friday night.

Police shut down Kamehameha Highway from Dole Plantation to Whitmore Avenue as city and federal fire crews worked to douse the flames.

HFD first responded to the call near Whitmore Avenue and Sapian Drive around 5:21 p.m., and residents reported seeing smoke for miles as the fire began spreading later in the evening.

HFD officials believe the fire started on Saipan Road, which leads to a military installation. The area, which has a homeless encampment, is known for illegal dumping.

"This is state land and the state should be more aggressive in managing this and turn it into farmland, but right now it can best be described as a squatters paradise," said Carroll Cox, an environmental activist.

Dry grass and brush fueled the flames toward Kamehameha Highway, away from residences, so no buildings were damaged in the fire.

No injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

This story will be updated.

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