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Busy New Year's Eve for Firefighters on Oahu

Gigi Cocquio Gigi Cocquio
Rolland Harvest Rolland Harvest
Waianae Valley Road Waianae Valley Road

By : Beth Hillyer

(KHNL) - A busy day for Honolulu Firefighters battling brushfires on New Year's Eve. 

Firefighters scrambled all day to control brush fires set off by fireworks.

It's been busy and smokey. After firefighters mopped up at Makaha Elementary they fought an even bigger fire in Waianae Valley.

Firefighters rushed to a brush fire along Waianae Valley Road around three thirty.

The fire was fed by dry brush and it shot up a steep hill making it hard for firefighters to get enough water on the flames.

Assistant Fire Chief Rolland Harvest pinpoints the cause, "The area that started is probably fireworks way up on the ridge."

Firefighters hiked up the hill and got this fire contained in about an hour but throughout the night they will have to keep their eye on hotspots.

The fire department's helicopter was called in to help reach difficult areas.

All day Sunday firefighters battled six brush fires on the Leeward side caused by fireworks.

Harvest adds, "We beefed up tonight expecting a hectic night."

For three days in a row firefighters have extinguished brush fires behind Makaha Elementary.

Gigi Cocquio lives next door to the school. "Today was kind of big especially because of the wind and that was really dangerous."

Luckily the winds did not fan the flames toward the school.

Fire officials warned the public against using illegal aerials New Year's Eve.

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