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Firefighters continue monitoring hot spots from Kunia brush fires

Flames were visible from a clear distance, as firefighters worked to contain it Sunday.
Flames were visible from a clear distance, as firefighters worked to contain it Sunday.(Carroll Cox)
Updated: Aug. 17, 2020 at 6:30 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu firefighters continued monitoring hot spots early Monday from multiple brush fires in Kunia.

Meanwhile, officials are still investigating what caused the fires to break out on Sunday afternoon.

The initial call for a brush fire on Kunia Road was around 12:45 p.m., but witnesses said there were two more with one between Kunia Camp and the golf course, and another on the side of the road heading towards Ewa Beach.

According to the Hawaii Country Club, all three fires surrounded the golf course.

Charlie Drake, of the golf course, said it has been more than three weeks since they had rain in the area and adds that brush fires are common around there.

With dry and windy conditions, witnesses said the fire spread quickly.

“Thank goodness the wind was blowing towards the mountain, so it was blowing away from us. But it was literally five feet from us,” said Don Bray. “Very dry and the wind is up so the fires are jumping the road going over the other side towards the mountain,” said Drake.

It’s unclear what started the fires, but Drake said one of their customers who drove by the fire near the Kunia Camp saw a person with a gas tank.

Kunia Road was closed for a couple of hours as firefighters battled the flames.

Flames were visible from a clear distance, as firefighters worked to contain it Sunday.
Flames were visible from a clear distance, as firefighters worked to contain it Sunday.(Carroll Cox)

This story will be updated.

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