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Kamehameha Highway reopened in Wahiawa as crews contain large brush fire

Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 27, 2021 at 4:50 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Firefighters are working to determine the cause of a large brush fire in Wahiawa on Monday that burned more than 50 acres and closed Kamehameha Highway for hours.

The alarm came in around 12:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Kamehameha Highway and Kamananui Road. Kamehameha Highway was shut down in both directions but has since reopened.

Officials said the fire was about 90% by 4:30 p.m.

Those who live in Poamoho say the fire was very close to the entrance to their village.

Resident Franklin Magaoay says he could hear his neighbors shouting and was escorted by police so that he could pick up his kids from school.

“It was actually right on the road,” he said.

“Yeah, it got so close that it was so intense, all the smoke was so dark and all of that, you couldn’t even see the sky.”

There were no evacuations because of the blaze and no structures were damaged.

This story will be updated.

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