Honolulu firefighters contain stubborn brush fire along Waahila Ridge

Updated: Sep. 24, 2020 at 9:28 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Firefighters have contained a stubborn brush fire along Waahila Ridge that started Thursday morning and continued smoldering into the evening.

No structures were destroyed, but the flames did come close at times.

The blaze broke out at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Some 58 firefighters responded to the brush fire and were battling it from the ground and by air.

Hawaiian Electric said the fire knocked out power to about 590 customers in Manoa on Thursday morning. Power has since been restored to most of those customers.

Brown brush during a dry summer was fueling the fire, sending smoke down into the city.

Manoa resident Mac Lewman said the area has gotten much less rain than normal.

“I’m just thinking about how dry it is. It’s been very dry,” he said. “Walking through the grass in the park, everything is crunchy. So I’ve been kind of concerned about this happening.”

This story will be updated.

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