Fire Officials: Waialua Blaze Was Intentionally Set

WAIALUA (KHNL) According to the Honolulu Fire Department, an investigation has determined that the fire that they fought for over a week in Waialua was intentionally set. They say that the blaze began in a pile of dry brush which quickly spread onto Dole pineapple fields.

It was set on the slope of an irrigation reservoir near Poamohu Gulch and was not associated with an agricultural burn. The brushfire began on Sunday August 12 and burned for over a week. It was finally declared extinguished on the 21st.

The blaze burned over 7,000 acres of land. No homes were damaged, but the fire caused extensive damage to pasture lands and caused the closure of several schools due to the thick smoke.